Teaching Staff

The masters on Security Policy and Privacy has a faculty staff with both a long experience in teaching and research careers widely recognized. To implement this master, expert researchers on each field have been selected on each of the subjects taught.


Jose Manuel has been practicing Information and communications technology (ICT) law for over 20 years and is the founding partner of MTN Projects. He is a graduate of the University of Barcelona, WWU Münster (LL.M.), European PhD (cand.) at University of Barcelona, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from ESADE, and Diploma in Telecommunications, Multimedia and Internet Law from Instituto de Empresa (Madrid). He was also an associate researcher at Queen Mary Westfield College (London). His present role involves managing all legal-related issues arising in the context of all aspects of Technology, media and Telecommunications Law. He represents and provide legal services related to high-tech matters. Jose currently a Lecturer of Internet Law at Open University of Catalonia. He is also a visiting Professor at BES La Salle – University Ramon Llull. Jose has also held visiting Professorships at Spanish universities and business schools, including University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Madrid, EU Business School, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, and ESADE Law School.


Xosé Quiroga holds a Bachelor in Laws and he is a teacher in Security of Information for Journalists in Ago Didáctica, project he also founded. As a journalist and photographer, he collaborates in independent magazines like Diagonal (Spain) and Directa (Catalonia), and he founded the photograph’s collective Groundpress. He is the coordinator of the project Voizes Archive.


Mario holds a PhD in Law and a Master of Research Degree from the European University Institute (Italy), a Master Degree in Private Law and a postgraduate degree in Consumer Law from UERJ (Brazil), and a postgraduate degree in Private Law from UFF (Brazil). Mario worked from 2003 to 2014 as a special projects manager at the Brazilian Insurance Industry Confederation. He also acted as an international consultant on personal data protection for the UN Development Program and as a member of the ad-hoc review panel do Committee on Data for Science and Technology do International Council for Science (France). Mario teaches at post-graduate courses at UERJ (Brazil) and at the FGV Law Program (Brazil). He is the author of books, book chapters and articles on data protection, new technologies and internet issues.


Jacqui was recognised in 2016 as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her web science research. An appointment for the third year as an Independent Ministerial Advisor in Cabinet Office of H M Government recognised her as a web scientist of influence in the era of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Jacqui has published four books which articulate the futurist agenda based on her web science research and the datajournalism industry she co-founded. As a prominent digital European leader she recently recently presented a new Trust and Privacy model to underpin the Future of IoT in Europe. She is an expert lead for the British Standards Institute (BSI) team with international colleagues on the top level ISO technical Committee. As the technical author for the latest BSI UK Smart City standard she has articulated the future role of UK data and its value in the domain.


I am currently Assistant Professor in privacy technologies at COSIC. I obtained my Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2000, and started my Ph.D. at COSIC under the supervision of Prof. Bart Preneel and Prof. Joos Vandewalle. In December 2005, I obtained my Ph.D. degree at the KU Leuven with a doctoral thesis entitled Anonymity and Privacy in Electronic Services. I was a post-doctoral researcher at COSIC between 2006 and 2010. Between January and March 2009, I was a research visitor at the Computer Lab Security Group in Cambridge (UK). Between 2009 and 2012 I was funded by a post-doctoral research grant from the National Fund for Scientific Research in Flanders (FWO).


Colin Bennett received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor. His research has focused on the social implications of new information technologies, and on the development and implementation of privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. He has completed policy reports on privacy and data protection for the Canadian government, the Canadian Standards Association, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the European Commission, the UK Information Commissioner and others. He is currently the co-investigator of a large Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant entitled, “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting.” He is also currently working on a comparative research project on the use of personal data by political parties and election campaigns.


Ciara Bracken-Roche is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, and member of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University. Ciara received her BSc. from the University of Toronto, and her MA from the University of Warwick, UK where her dissertation focused on the European Union’s bordering systems and databases. Ciara’s ongoing interest is in the relationship between the state, society and the individual with a strong theoretical background in critical security studies, international relations and sociology and surveillance. Her dissertation research analyzes the contribution of unmanned aerial systems to the rapid expansion of security, policing and commercial surveillance.


Chiara Fonio (PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research) is a researcher in Sociology at ITSTIME, Catholic University of Milan. Her research interests range from the history of surveillance to crisis management. She has been involved in several EU-funded projects focused on surveillance, security and crisis management both as a co-PI and as a researcher. Recent publications include: History of State Surveillance in Europe and Beyond (eds. Kees Boersma, Rosamunde Van Brakel, Chiara Fonio and Pieter Wagenaar) Routledge 2014; Security, Surveillance and Geographical Patterns at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg (co-authored with Giovanni Pisapia), Geographical Journal, May 2014, DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12089.


Dr. Ben Wagner runs the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina and is a Visiting Fellow at TU-Berlin and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research focuses on freedom of expression, surveillance technology & Internet foreign policy and has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications. He has advised and written policy briefs for the European Parliament, Hivos & TacticalTech.


Antonella Galetta holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law (University of Macerata, 2006), a Master's Degree in European and International Studies/International Relations - law track - (University of Trento, 2009) and a Second Level Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Politics (University of Bologna, 2010). In 2008 she was a visiting student at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada where she conducted research for her Master thesis. Between 2010 and 2011 she worked at the European Parliament as a trainee and for a European NGO participating in the development of technical standards. She joined the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and VUB’s Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) in 2012 where she worked on the EU FP7 project IRISS, ‘Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies’ (February 2012 - January 2015).


Francesco Flammini, IEEE Senior Member and Chairman of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Homeland Security, got his Ph.D. in ‘Computer & Systems Engineering’ from the University of Naples Federico II. From 2003 to 2016, he worked on the reliability, safety and security of transportation systems as a RAMS Engineer and a Senior Innovation & Security Engineer. Since 2016, he is an Information Security Compliance Manager at the Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute. He has been an Adjunct Professor of ‘Computer Science’ and ‘Software Engineering’ at the University of Naples, an Adjunct Instructor of ‘Risk Assessment and Surveillance’ at the University of Rome Campus Biomedico (Master in Homeland Security) and he is now an Adjunct Assistante Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Europe. He has authored more than 60 scientific papers published in international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is a member of several technical committees, including ‘ESRA Technical Committee on Operational Safety and Security of Interconnected Critical Infrastructures’. He has (co)edited the books ‘Effective Surveillance for Homeland Security: Balancing Technology and Social Issues’ (CRC Press, 2013) and ‘Critical Infrastructure Security: Assessment, Prevention, Detection, Response’ (WIT Press, 2012).


Franco-Italian systems engineer and whistle-blower who is behind the biggest banking leak in history, a list of HSBC clients and from other banks who allegedly used the bank to evade taxes and launder money.


Gertjan Boulet is a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at the Faculty of Law & Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels, VUB). At VUB, Gertjan is a member of the ‘Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society’ (LSTS). He is also a visiting scholar at Korea University (South Korea). Gertjan holds a joint LL.M / MPhil Research Master of Laws degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and Tilburg University (the Netherlands). His doctoral degree focuses on cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies and Internet companies. At VUB, Gertjan also coordinated the EU funded PHAEDRA project on improving cooperation between data protection authorities, and was a programming committee member for the sixth and seventh edition of the annual conference 'Computers, Privacy & Data Protection' (CPDP).


Gloria González Fuster is a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Member of the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group, she investigates legal issues related to fundamental rights, privacy, personal data protection and security, and lectures on fundamental rights protection in European Union (EU) law in the context of the Master of Laws in International and European Law (PILC) of VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES).


Cecilia Milesi is an expert in conflict transformation, human rights, public policies and citizens’ participation in processes promoting economic and social justice and dialogue. Cecilia has more than 20 years’ experience in the strengthening of change processes in the Global South and North, having hold positions of leadership and advisory roles in some of the most renowned organisations around the globe. Cecilia is a Sociologist (University of Buenos Aires), holds a Diploma in Anthropology and Social Development (FLACSO) and a Master in Violence, Conflict and Development (London University, SOAS). She is a trained mediator and facilitator of complex dialogues. www.ceciliamilesi.com


Lisa Lucile Owens is a Ph.D. candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University in New York. Lisa holds two graduate law degrees, a J.D. and an LL.M., and is a member of the Massachusetts state bar. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Lisa worked at the Harvard Management Company, Planned Parenthood, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her recent publications are here: http://sociology.columbia.edu/node/347


Dimitris Tsapogas is the Executive Director of Critical Citizens, a research, education and advocacy non-profit organisation that promotes citizens’ critical empowerment. Prior to this position, he has worked for years as a PhD researcher at the University of Vienna, where he is currently completing his thesis that has been exploring the relationship between digital surveillance and citizenship. Dimitris’ research has been presented at numerous international conferences and he has published on topics around surveillance and citizenship, privacy and surveillance attitudes, privacy and data protection policies and digital citizenship. He has also taught topics related to his research at the University of Vienna, the University of Crete and the Hellenic Air Force Academy. Dimitris holds an MSc in Interactive Technologies from the University of Brighton in UK and a Bachelor in Philosophy and History of Science from the University of Athens.


Lawyer specialised in human rights and technology. Co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation – a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of contemporary forms of surveillance. Vice-president of European Digital Rights – a coalition of 33 privacy and civil rights organisations. Board member of Tactical Technology Collective and Amnesty International (Poland). Member of the Council for Digitisation in Poland. Graduate of the University of Warsaw (Law) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Development Studies).


Diana Miranda, (b 1987), studied Sociology at the University of Minho, Portugal (2006-2009). From 2008 to 2010 Diana worked as a junior researcher in different research projects at University of Minho and University of Coimbra. In 2010 Diana started a masters program in Criminology in the Law School – University of Porto. Since 2011 she has been working on her PhD at Minho with the supervision of Professor Helena Machado. Her thesis is related to criminal identification technologies and its uses and impacts on the body and identity of the ‘criminal’. Throughout her work she has conducted extensive qualitative research, particularly in her PhD following a grounded theory approach underpinned by extensive interviews with actors from the Portuguese criminal justice system eg prisoners, detectives, prison wardens etc. Her main research interests lie in the domain of sociology of crime, social studies of forensic science, surveillance studies, and science and technology studies.


I am Lecturer at the University of A Coruña. I have been Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for the FP7 Project SURPRISE. My current area of expertise is science and technology studies, and my research specifically addresses public engagement and public assessment of science and technology controversies.


Eric King is the Deputy Director at Privacy International. He has been with Privacy International since 2010 creating the Big Brother Incorporated Project, an investigation into the international trade of surveillance technology. More recently he helped launch Eyes Wide Open, a campaign to bring the intelligence agencies of the Five Eyes under the rule of law. He has previously worked at Reprieve, is on the advisory council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research and holds a degree in law from the London School of Economics where he also occasionally teaches.


Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is a policy analyst working on surveillance, social, legal and ethical impacts of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is a founding partner at Eticas Research & Consulting and a researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona’s Sociology Department. She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy in early 2012 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she also received an MSc in Policy Management, and was later appointed Director of the Security Policy Programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Previously, she worked at the Transnational Institute, the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security. She teaches topics related to her research at several foreign universities, mainly in Latin America, and is a member of the IDRC-funded Latin American Surveillance Studies Network. Additionally, she is a member of the international advisory board of Privacy International and a regular analyst on TV, radio and print media. Her recent academic publications tackle issues related to the proliferation of surveillance in urban settings, urban security policy and community safety, security and mega events, the relationship between privacy and technology and smart cities.

  • Antonella Galetta, Phd Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Augusto Délkader, Political Scientist and public sector consultant
  • Claudia Diaz, PhD. Professor in Privacy Technologies at the KU Leuven group COSIC
  • Elvira Santiago, Postdoctoral researcher
  • Francesco Flammini, Phd. IEEE Senior Member and ACM Distinguished Speaker
  • Gemma Galdon Clavell, PhD in Public Policy
  • Genís Margarit, Telecom Engeneer and IT security consultant
  • Gertjan Boulet, PhD candidate in Law at Faculty of Law & Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Gioacchino Mazzurco, Computer Science Engineer
  • Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, PhD in Law
  • Hervé Falciani, Systems Engineer, whistleblower of the Falciani’s list information relating to tax evaders
  • Jacqui Taylor, PhD, Web Scientist
  • Javier Toret, Psycologist, member of the IN3/UOC Networks, Movements & Technopolitics research group
  • Jose Manuel Pérez Marzabal, Master of Laws, PhD candidate
  • Josian Llorente, Cultural Manager
  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz, lawyer specialized in human rights and technology, Panoptykon Foundation
  • Lisa Lucile Owens, Ph.D. candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University in New York
  • Mario Viola, PhD in Law
  • Xosé Quiroga, Bachelor of Laws, Journalist



Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell, gemma@eticasconsulting.com
Eticas Research & Consulting


Dr. Alejandro Vélez Salas, alejandro.velez@udg.edu
Griselda Casadellà Cunillera, griselda@eticasconsulting.com
Universitat de Girona & Eticas Research & Consulting