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Yuan (“You-anne”) Stevens (she/they) is a legal and policy expert focused on sociotechnical security and human rights.


She works towards a world where powerful actors—and the systems they build—are held accountable to the public, especially when it comes to equity-seeking communities. 

She brings years of international experience to her work as a Legal and Policy Adviser on digital rights for children and young people on the Amnesty Tech team at Amnesty International in London, UK.

Committed to publicly accessible legal and technical knowledge, Yuan has written for popular media outlets such as the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen and has been quoted in news stories by the CBC, the Globe & Mail, and the New York Times.

Yuan is a research fellow at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa and she previously worked at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society during her studies in law at McGill University.

She has been conducting research on artificial intelligence since 2017 and obtained her LL.M in 2022 at University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law working under Florian Martin-Bariteau.

When she’s not examining the role of technology in creating dystopian futures in Canada and abroad, you can find her gardening on her balcony, taking apart hardware around her house or keeping up with (elderly) family members in Newfoundland.