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Elizabeth M. Renieris is the founder of hackylawyER, an innovative consultancy focused on law and policy engineering.

An expert in cross-border data protection and privacy issues (CIPP/E, CIPP/US), Elizabeth has served as in-house counsel at two digital identity startups, outside counsel with two prominent international law firms, and as a government attorney focused on cybersecurity. Her work is focused on law and policy challenges at the intersection of data protection and privacy laws, digital identity schemes, and emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence. A frequent public speaker and advocate, Elizabeth has presented before the European Commission, U.K. Parliament, and a variety of international organizations. Elizabeth is passionate about undoing, preventing, and combatting the commodification of our data and, in turn, our identities. To that end, she will spend her time as a fellow designing new and improved legal frameworks for the digital age in order to protect and promote the fundamental rights of individuals as humans first rather than as consumers in a data-industrial complex. Elizabeth holds an A.B. from Harvard College, graduated on the Dean’s List from Vanderbilt Law School, and obtained an LLM from the London School of Economics, where she earned distinction for her dissertation on media and the law.



An Identity Layer for the Web Would Identify Us Everywhere

Elizabeth Renieris on why a blockchain-based identity layer for the web could have unintended consequences.

Dec 21, 2019

It’s Time for Contextual Identity

A theory of digital ID premised on Helen Nissenbaum’s theory of privacy

Dec 18, 2019

Is Libra Dead?

Elizabeth Renieris says that might be the wrong question to ask

Oct 15, 2019

Forget erasure: why blockchain is really incompatible with the GDPR

An assessment of blockchain against the GDPR’s core principles

Sep 23, 2019