Mission

The Open Privacy Research Society (Open Privacy for short) is a non-profit Canadian group based in Vancouver, British Columbia. We believe that moral systems enable consent. Our society exists to invent, create, build, test, publish, deploy, promote, and to encourage the development of such systems.

Our mission is:

  • To conduct scientific research advancing the area of privacy and anonymity as they relate to computer science and computer security.
  • To create and publish free and open source software that realizes our research and to make this software available and useful to the general public.
  • To promote good privacy and computer security practices through official publications, media outreach, and public speaking.

Core Team

Sarah Jamie Lewis

Executive Director

Twitter: @SarahJamieLewis
Email: sarah@openprivacy.ca

Sarah is an anonymity & privacy researcher who believes technology, protocols and systems should empower people. Her work is focused on consent, metadata resistance and decentralization. She previously ran the dark web mapping OnionScan project, and promoted stories that document how privacy impacts marginalized & at risk communities in her book Queer Privacy.

Erinn Atwater

Research Director

Twitter: @errorinn
Email: erinn@openprivacy.ca

Erinn is a PhD candidate in the Cryptography, Security and Privacy (CrySP) lab and the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests revolve around the obstacles that prevent widespread deployment of end-to-end encryption. Her thesis includes work on usable encrypted webmail, protecting keys across multiple devices, and creating compulsion-proof technology.

Dan Ballard

Director of Engineering

Twitter: @dan_ballard
Email: dan@openprivacy.ca

Dan is a developer focused on security and privacy through decentralization. He wants to ensure next generation social tools are high quality, consent enforcing, support more complex human interaction, and are made accessible to everyone, especially those who need them most. His latest work involves bringing decentralized IM to Android.

Yuan Stevens

Director

Twitter: @ystvns
Email: yuan@openprivacy.ca

Yuan (you-anne) holds a B.C.L./LL.B from McGill University and is passionate about patching up vulnerabilities in legal and technological systems that harm marginalized people. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the politics of hacktivism, cybersecurity, and civil liberties. She previously worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and is a research associate for Ryan Ellis (Northeastern University) and Gabriella Coleman (McGill University).

Cynthia Khoo

Director

Twitter: @Cyn_K
Email: cynthia@openprivacy.ca

Cynthia is a digital rights lawyer at Tekhnos Law and digital policy columnist at The Monitor. Her work combines copyright, privacy, freedom of expression, and Internet regulatory law and policy, specifically where they impact human rights and civil liberties. She is particularly interested in technology ethics and the intersection between online platforms, intermediary liability law, and justice for marginalized communities.

Norman Shamas

Director

Twitter: @NormanShamas
Email: norman@openprivacy.ca

Norman Shamas is an activist and educator whose work focuses on human-centered information and digital security and privacy. They work with activists globally and have a particular focus on sex workers, queer, trans*, and gender nonconforming communities.

Advisory Team

Cecylia Bocovich

Advisory Director

Twitter: @cecyliabocovich
Email: cecylia@openprivacy.ca

Cecylia Bocovich is a PhD student at the University of Waterloo. Her research addresses broad issues in privacy and more narrowly focuses on censorship resistance in its many forms. She is currently a member of the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research lab and the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR).