About Oxford Information Labs

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Introduction by Emily Taylor, CEO

I'm very proud to introduce the Oxford Information Labs team. In the past few years we have brought together world-class software programmers and policy experts to provide a unique mix of expertise and hands on technical solutions. We are now able to deliver cutting-edge cyber intelligence across multiple services, such as cyber audits, big data driven research, post-graduate level and professional training, as well as in depth policy analysis from clients ranging from the domain name sector (ICANN, EURid, CENTR), the think tank Chatham House, civil society organisations and the public sector. Members of the Oxford Information Labs team advise government on technical standards development and cybersecurity.

Note: Emily’s extensive work including work for Chatham House, Media appearances, and teaching, is presented in her own page.

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Mark Robertshaw

Founder and Systems Architect

Mark has been at the cornerstone of Oxford Information Labs’s technical development as a co-di- rector of Oxford Information Labs - the development team behind Oxford Information Labs. Mark is the architect behind several successful software administration systems: including Nominet’s DRS system, educational systems, Text 2 Speech for the BBC and more. He also provides database expertise for the annual IDN World Report - a multi-year research project by EURid, UNESCO, with the support of Verisign and the regional ccTLD organisations.

Lucien Taylor

Founder, Security and Business System Design

Lucien is the founder of Oxford Information Labs, with a wide range of experience across all aspects of technical and business system development. Working closely with Oxford Information Labs core technical team, Lucien designed the original Nominet Dispute Resolution workflow, a legal system rationalising the workflow of hundreds of cases as any time. He has designed innovative business systems for many sectors including Government, the BBC, schools, the insurance industry and internet retail. His current passion is security, anything that makes security easier to manage, and sleep-easy internet systems.

Lucien had a successful career as an actor for 10 years, and later qualified as a Computer Engineer, gaining a First Class Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Masters in Business Administration.

Nathan Alan

Senior Web Developer and Consultant

Nathan is responsible for UX, back-end development, and specialises in mobile apps and Angular frameworks. Nathan is also a chief contributor to the Kinikit and Kinibind open source frameworks.

Georgia Osborn

Senior Research Analyst

Georgia is a Senior Research Analyst at Oxford Information Labs with 5+ years of experience previously working within counterterrorism and law enforcement, intelligence analysis, investigations and policy analysis. Georgia has previously worked in an international law firm chaired by Cherie Blair QC and in a Policy Think Tank. She has a Masters’ degree in International Studies and Diplomacy with Arabic language courses from SOAS University of London. Georgia has developed advanced analytical skills that have been trained both in the public and private sectors and is highly skilled in writing and communicating threat and risk assessments for internal and external organisations in both strategic and operational settings. Georgia holds a BA(Hons) from the University of East Anglia in International Relations.

Fiona Pollock

Research Analyst

Fiona is currently a Research Analyst at Oxford Information Labs. In this role Fiona’s research work ranges from areas such as Big Data, Security Technology Solutions, Internet Governance and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to this Fiona earned a Masters of Science degree in Chinese and Economics from The University of Oxford. Fiona also holds a First Class Honours undergraduate degree in International Relations and Film Studies from the University of St Andrews. Fiona has been granted numerous academic awards, including the prestigious Bobby Jones Scholarship to Emory University and a UK National essay award while at Oxford. Having previously worked on large film productions in the entertainment industry at Marvel Studios and in parliamentary roles as a Speech Writer and Policy Researcher, Fiona has gained a wide insight into media strategies, large scale project management, international relations, security policy and research.

Kate Jones

Senior Associate, Governance, Human Rights and Diplomacy

Kate is an expert consultant and researcher on public international law, human rights law, governance and diplomacy, focusing on their intersection with technology. She has written widely and participated in expert events on many aspects of tech governance, with a specialism in disinformation, democracy and human rights. In tackling the international and domestic governance of emerging technologies, Kate brings to bear her many years of experience of public international law and diplomacy gained as a legal adviser with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as Director of Oxford University’s Diplomatic Studies Programme. Kate served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for many years, both in London and overseas as Legal Adviser at the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. She then joined Oxford University, where from 2015 to 2020 she directed the Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme, leading postgraduate degrees in Diplomatic Studies and teaching Diplomatic Practice and Public International Law to diplomats and others from over 50 countries. Kate is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She took her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law at the University of Oxford, and qualified as a solicitor at Norton Rose.

Dominique Lazanski

Senior Associate, Mobile and Cyber Security

Dominique is a London-based digital policy and strategy consultant. Dominique began her career with positions at Yahoo!, eBay, and Apple, where she helped launch the first iTunes stores in the US. In 2005 she moved to London to complete a master’s degree in information systems management at the London School of Economics. She has worked in policy ever since in the mobile and cybersecurity environments. She was formerly the Director for Public Policy and Institutional Relations for the GSM Association, coordinating closely with the UN, OECD, WTO and others. She has been appointed to international multistakeholder committees, including NetMundial and the UN Internet Governance Forum. She taught within the GSMA’s capacity building program for regulators and policy makers and sits on the board of several international companies. Dominique holds a bachelor of arts from Cornell University, a second master’s degree from the University of Bath and is currently working on her PhD. She is an amateur biathlete in her spare time.

Mark McFadden

Senior Associate and Cyber Security

With more than 30 years of operational and policy experience with IP addressing and Internet Governance, he has extensive experience in large-scale internet- working. Previous roles include Director for Internet Governance, Infrastructure and Cybersecurity at InterConnect Communications in the United Kingdom, and Consulting Resource Manager for Addressing, Naming and Protocol Issues at the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Since 2012, Mark has been a member of the UK delegation to the ITU’s Study Group on Security and has been the UK lead on Cloud Computing Security. Mark is an active contributor to work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and ICANN, and he also is involved in the development of global internet security and addressing standards and policies. He is also a regular contributor to the work of the Regional Internet Registries, including serving as the Chair of the Address Supporting Organisation. Prior to working for IANA, Mark was the Senior Strategist for IP Addressing and Naming at BT for four years. Qualified as an ISO/IEC 27001 Architect, Mark has also taught in the Computer Science program at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Patrick Taylor

Website Manager, Graphical Design and Animation

Patrick joined Oxford Information Labs in 2017, and contributes to the development of help documentation, website materials, graphics and design. As well as bespoke client video and animation production.

Mona Elswah

Researcher, social media and Internet governance

Mona Elswah is a political communication scholar who writes on the intersection between digital media and authoritarianism. At OXIL, she examines the impact of disinformation on the online sphere using a mix of qualitative and computational methods. Currently, she is DPhil candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), where she examines the impact of digital repression on social movements in non-Western countries. She is also a researcher and a core member of the Computational Propaganda project (COMPROP), where she examines disinformation in non-Western contexts, including Russia, Iran, and Arab countries. Her work has been featured in several international media outlets including the BBC, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Before joining the OII, Mona was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to study at the American University in Cairo. She has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a Graduate Diploma in public policy..

Dr Samantha Bradshaw

Associate, Disinformation and Social Media expert

Dr Bradshaw is a leading expert on technology and democracy. Her primary research focus examines the producers and drivers of disinformation, and how technology—artificial intelligence, automation and big data analytics—enhance and constrain the spread of disinformation online. At the forefront of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying, analyzing, and explicating the complex relationship between social media and democracy, Samantha’s research has helped advance academic debate, public understanding, and policy discussions around the impact of technology on political expression and privacy. Her work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times. Samantha was awarded her D Phil at Oxford University. She holds an MA in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a joint honors BA in political science and legal studies from the University of Waterloo.

About Oxford Information Labs

Oxford Information Labs (Est. 2002) is a cyber intelligence company founded by Lucien Taylor and Mark Robertshaw. Its roots are in two businesses which merged in 2017 - Emily Taylor’s Internet research consultancy, and Oxford Information Labs’ software development and research business. There are two branches to our work, a) monitoring of global policy issues and threats arising from Internet and cyber technologies and b) design implementation and delivery of cyber security solutions, wifi configuration, website protection, domain name protection, network hardening, PEN stress testing, certification and training. Emily Taylor has been working closely with the international affairs think tank, Chatham House, where she is Editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy. With her team provided research, training and media comment and remains close to the evolving world of cybersecurity. The company now has a deep knowledge of the internet world, its key players, organisations, issues, and unique international governance processes. The team is regularly asked to contribute to media publications, and news broadcasts about emerging issues such as 5G and Huawei, Facebook, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and cyberattacks, and terrorism involving cybersecurity in general. Clients include UK Government and major technical Corporations and NGOs.
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