Yuan (“You-anne”) Stevens is a legal and policy expert focused on information integrity, data protection 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 equality-seeking communities. 

She brings years of international experience to her roles at the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and Ryerson Leadership Lab, having examined the impacts of technology on marginalized 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 a collaborator at Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy. 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 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.