My name is Heather Burns and I am a tech policy and regulation specialist. I advocate for an open web built around international standards of human rights, privacy, accessibility, and freedom of expression.
If you’re looking for my book, it’s coming soon!
My contract at Open Rights Group has ended, and my next adventure starts shortly.
- 2020 – 2021: Policy Manager, Open Rights Group
- 2015 – 2020: Freelance tech policy and regulation specialist for clients across the startup, digital rights, privacy, digital agency, and games sectors
- 2011 – 2020: Open source software contributor and community member
- 2007 – 2015: Full-time web designer and developer
- 2000 – 2005: Worked in international relations and community development
Past side projects
- afterbrexit.tech – side blog on EU-derived internet regulation throughout the Brexit process
- UNICEF global working group on developing a manifesto on children’s data governance
- WP Core-Privacy team
- WP 4.9.6 GDPR and privacy tool suite
- Cross-project open source privacy coalition
- Mozilla Open Leaders programme
- Intermediary liability, particularly in an international context (e.g. the OSB vs the DSA)
- Privacy privilege in law and academia
- Ethics washing, as is apparent in the post-Brexit legislative context
- Legal endogeneity, e.g. when the interpretation of internet legislation drafted without practitioner involvement is, nevertheless, delegated to them
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, Europe
Email: contact at webdevlaw.uk
Listed on Brookings Tech Policy Sourcelist
I’m no longer taking on external consultancy work or writing on commission. I retired from supporting OSS communities in 2020, and I am no longer contributing to projects or doing conference speaking.
I’m not giving any media quotes or interviews on the Online Safety Bill or other policy matters.
Portrait photography © Julie Broadfoot – www.juliebee.co.uk