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Leonie Maria Tanczer is an Associate Professor in International Security and Emerging Technologies at University College London’s (UCL) Department of Computer Science (CS) and grant holder of the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF). She is part of UCL's Information Security Research Group (ISec) and initiated and heads the “Gender and Tech” research efforts at UCL.

Tanczer is also member of the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group (ORG), a Steering Committee member for the Offensive Cyber Working Group, and a voting member of the IEEE Working Group P2987 “Recommended Practice for Principles for Design and Operation Addressing Technology-Facilitated Inter-personal Control”. She was formerly an Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) Media Fellow at The Economist and a Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin.

Prior to her current appointment, Tanczer was a Lecturer at UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) and Postdoctoral Research Associate for the EPSRC-funded PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub.

Tanczer holds a PhD from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP) at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Her interdisciplinary PhD project included supervision from both social sciences and engineering (ECIT) and focused on the (in)securitisation of hacking and hacktivism.

She studied Political Science (B.A.) at the University of Vienna and University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland) and Political Psychology (MSc.) at Queen's University Belfast.

Tanczer is researching and publishing on Internet-related topics and frequently presenting at academic conferences as well as speaking at public events. She is also involved in teaching at the university level [altough not atm!] and on executive education programmes, and has experience in providing academic skills support for students, having formerly been part of the Learning Development Service (LDS) at QUB.

If she is not in the {virtual} office, Tanczer is trying to attend as many meetups, conferences and CryptoParties as possible, trawls through the Internet for new cat/dog videos, or posts tech or feminist-related articles on Twitter or Mastodon. Oh, and she takes pride in her Erdős number, which is 5.

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