Yuan (“You-anne”) Stevens is a legal and policy expert focused on information security and data protection 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 vulnerable or marginalized people. 

She brings years of international experience to her role at the Ryerson Leadership Lab as Policy Lead on Technology, Cybersecurity and Democracy, having examined the impacts of technology on equality-seeking populations in Canada, the US and Germany.

Committed to publicly accessible legal and technical knowledge, Yuan has written for popular media outlets such as The Toronto Star and The Ottawa Citizen and has been quoted in news stories for publications across Canada, such as the Global News, CTV News and the CBC.

Yuan is a research affiliate at Data & Society Research Institute and the Centre for Media, Technology & Democracy at McGill University. 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 is currently expanding her knowledge of Canadian hacking laws and blockchain technology as an LL.M candidate 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.