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Jon Penney

Jon is a lawyer, Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab / Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and a doctoral student in information communication sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where his interdisciplinary research explores regulatory chilling effects online.

In 2011, he was a Google Policy Fellow at the Citizen Lab, where he helped lead the OpenNet Initiative's new Transparency Project, a public/private research collaboration founded to encourage corporate transparency about government and law enforcement data requests. He was also Project Coordinator for the Privacy Value Networks Project, a large scale, multi-university, multi-million dollar Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) funded project on data privacy, led by the Oxford Internet Institute.

A native Nova Scotian and graduate of Dalhousie University, he previously studied at Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and at Oxford as a Mackenzie King Scholar, where he also Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. He previously taught law as a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and, before all that, worked as a federal lawyer and, from time to time, as a policy advisor at the federal level.

His research, broadly speaking, concerns constitutional/human rights law, intellectual property, and digital media policy, particularly where these areas intersect with censorship, privacy, and security.


Aug 14, 2017

Perspectives on Harmful Speech Online

This collection of short essays and opinion pieces on harmful speech online covers a broad spectrum of thought and ideas from the Berkman Klein community. More


Apr 27, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

"Chilling Effects": Insights on how laws and surveillance impact people online

with Jon Penney

In this talk, Jon will draw on his doctoral research at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding of chilling effects… More

Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Internet Censorship and the Remembrance of Infowars Past

Jon Penney, Berkman Center Fellow

Jon Penney will explore the international law and politics of information wars past for lessons in Internet censorship resistance today. More