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.
I work for MaidSafe, but this is my personal site, and the content on it does not reflect the opinions of any current or previous employer (Open Rights Group etc).
I’m currently also an Internet Society Mid-Career Fellow, which means I have no spare capacity for any side projects or consultancy gigs.
The Book is in final production and will be published this summer.
- 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
Locations: Glasgow, Scotland, Europe; also Manchester, England, UK
Work: MaidSafe, but this is my personal site, fam.
Email for me, just me: contact at webdevlaw.uk
Email for work matters and press enquiries: heather.burns at maidsafe.net
Portrait photography © Julie Broadfoot – www.juliebee.co.uk