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Meet the team at Oxford Information Labs - Security Consultants, Tech Team, Associates and other staff.

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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Stacie Hoffmann

Digital Policy and Cyber Security Consultant

Stacie advises industry, government and policy makers globally on the intersection of technology and governance. She works on a range of issues including cyber security, data protection, emerging technologies (5G, AI), technical standards development (IoT, Smart Cities), and the Internet addressing (DNS) ecosystem. She has substantial experience in risk assessment, strategy development, research, data analysis and writing. This includes developing security architectures and teaching master classes. In addition, Stacie is an experienced speaker, moderator, and commentator on cyber issues, including for broadcast news. She is a CESG certified Cyber Security/Information Assurance Auditor Practitioner and holds a certificate in ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management Principles.

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Mark Robertshaw

Founder, 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, 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.

Samantha Bradshaw

Associate Researcher

Samantha 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 is completing her PhD 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.

Mark McFadden

Senior Associate, 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.