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15 Online Privacy Experts You Should Know

One of the best ways to protect your privacy on the internet is to stay up-to-date on the most current threats and vulnerabilities. These privacy researchers, writers and experts all share some of the most complete and in-depth analysis on internet privacy and security issues.

Ivan Diego Meseguer

Ivan Meseguer is the EU Projects Director for the Mines Telecom company. According to his Twitter bio, he is an “internet NextGen addict” and he is involved in all adjacent technical, cultural and societal issues.

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That One Privacy Guy

That One Privacy Guy is the creator of, a resource for information about VPNs and private email services. The site also includes a blog that discusses online privacy issues. That One Privacy Guy promotes privacy, security, free software and internet freedom.

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Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer is a privacy and internet ethics scholar. He is currently an Associate Professor at Marquette University. In addition to his work as a scholar, Zimmer also runs, which keeps records of all of Mark Zuckerberg’s public statements and appearances.

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Nick Feamster

Nick Feamster is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Computer Science. Feamster is also the Director of UChicago’s Center for Data and Computing which supports data science and AI research.

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Lauren Weinstein

Lauren Weinstein is a tech systems and policy analyst who discusses the internet, privacy and many related topics. His website discusses a number of issues related to online privacy.

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Pamela Samuelson

Pamela Samuelson is a Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an expert in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy. Perhaps most notably, Samuelson serves on the advisory board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

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Alessandro Acquisti

Alessandro Acquisti is a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He studies economics, decision research and data mining to better understand the role that privacy plays in a society that has gone digital. He focuses on a number of issues including privacy and personal disclosures in online social networks.

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Arvind Narayanan

Arvind Narayanan is a professor of computer science at Princeton, where he researches and teaches information privacy and security. Narayanan works with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and leads Princeton’s Web Transparency and Accountability Project. He has contributed to the Do Not Track standard and many other privacy technologies for the internet.

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Stefan Tanase

Stefan Tanase is the Principal Security Researcher at IXIA and Keysight. According to his Twitter bio, he is an “internet privacy enthusiast”. Tanase is also the founder of VPNSpace, which is currently in an alpha phase.

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Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad is a lawyer and internet activist who founded and runs the Digital Rights Foundation. She has been outspoken against potential freedom of speech violations and legislations that give governments broad powers of online surveillance.

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Michael Froomkin

Michael Froomkin is a law professor at the University of Miami. Froomkin has taught about robot law, privacy, internet law and regulation of digital identity. He writes about AI, robots, the internet and privacy issues at

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Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg is the President and Executive Director at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and a teacher at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC. Rotenberg studies emerging privacy and civil liberties issues, and has testified before Congress about the relationship between privacy and terrorism.

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Blase Ur

Blase Ur is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Chicago. Ur founded UChicago SUPERgroup, which studies computer security, privacy and human-computer interaction. The research group looks to use data to make better security and privacy decisions, and to make computer systems more user-friendly for non-technical users.

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Nick Merrill

Nick Merrill is an entrepreneur, computer programmer and system administrator. He is the founder of the Calyx Institute, which is a nonprofit that develops, tests and distributes free privacy technology and education to bridge the so-called “digital divide” and to promote free expression. He fought against the USA PATRIOT Act and consequently became the first person to have a National Security Letter gag order lifted completely.

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Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake is a former senior executive of the National Security Agency (NSA). He is well-known for his involvement in a whistleblower case involving classified documents that revealed what Drake thought were unethical or problematic practices by the NSA. Drake was eventually recognized for his whistleblowing activity and willingness to tell the truth.

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