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Leonie Maria Tanczer is Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies at University College London’s (UCL) Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). She is member of the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group (ORG), Steering Committee Member for the Offensive Cyber Working Group, affiliated with UCL's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), and former Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin.

Prior to her lectureship appointment, Tanczer was Postdoctoral Research Associate for the EPSRC-funded PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub, where she was part of its "Standards, Governance and Policy" research team.

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 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 videos, or posts tech or feminist-related articles on Twitter. Oh, and she takes pride in her Erdős number, which is 5.

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