Simon Davies

founder Privacy International

Simon Davies is the founder and for 22 years was Director-General of the influential watchdog group Privacy International which has been at the forefront of almost every major sphere of privacy, from CCTV and identity systems to border surveillance and biometrics policy

He is also an academic, consultant, journalist and author.  He has been a Visiting Fellow in Law at both the University of Greenwich and the University of Essex, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at George Washington University and for 14 years until 2011 was appointed to the London School of Economics, where he taught the groundbreaking MSc Masters course in Privacy & Data Protection. He is also co-director of the LSE’s Policy Engagement Network and is currently Associate Director of LSE Enterprise.

In addition to this background Simon has also advised a wide range of corporate, government and professional bodies, and has worked on technology, privacy and identity issues in more than fifty countries.  He has also worked closely with many of the market leaders in Web 2.0 and comms on the development of technical solutions to privacy protection and has also been an Expert Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Simon has founded many initiatives and organisations including the Big Brother Awards to recognise the heroes and villains of privacy. Since 1998 there have been 130 BBA award ceremonies in 20 countries.

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Events in past editions
#IJF15 / 18 april 2015

The launch of Code Red

The launch of Code Red - taking the global anti-surveillance movement to the next level. In late 2014, a group of the world's most renowned privacy activists, whistleblowers, technologists and le...