About me

My name is Yuan (you-anne). I hold a B.C.L./LL.B (JD) from McGill University and am a lawyer to-be and researcher working at the intersections of law, policy, and emerging technology. I am passionate about examining the values that are encoded in our sociotechnical systems. I am a published author and routinely present my work to diverse audiences on such topics as the ethics of AI design, the historiography of technology law, and taxonomies of hacker labour.

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I am currently a co-investigator for a project with Data & Society Research Institute, where I am conducting ethnographic research on “bug bounty” participants as an emerging occupational community, alongside Ryan Ellis (Northeastern University, Boston). I most recently worked as a researcher for hacker expert Gabriella Coleman, and co-authored a forthcoming report on AI and criminal justice with Benoît Dupont (Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity) in fall 2018.

I serve on the board of directors for Open Privacy Research Institute, Head & Hands / À Deux Mains in Montreal, and previously worked at the European Center for Constitutional & Human Rights, the Centre for Internet & Human Rights in Berlin, and at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

In a past life, I was classically trained musician and pianist. I studied critical pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. I still make music, and I still love to teach. As a queer woman of colour who grew up in foster care in Ontario, I am a rarity in the fields of tech, policy, and law and bring these experiences to all that I do.