Michael Karanicolas is the current Wikimedia Fellow at Yale Law School, leading the Initiative on Intermediaries and Information. His research encompasses a number of thematic areas, including freedom of expression and content regulation, privacy and surveillance, digital contracts, internet governance, the right to information, human rights and international development, intellectual property law, and the regulation of election speech. Prior to joining the ISP, Michael worked at the Centre for Law and Democracy, and carried out consultancies for the Open Government Partnership, UNESCO, the Canadian Constitution Foundation, and Dalhousie University. In this capacity, he has led law reform campaigns in defence of foundational rights for democracy across the developing world, including particularly substantial engagement in Afghanistan, Jordan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, and Tunisia. In addition to his peer reviewed work, his writing has appeared in a number of outlets, including Slate, Techdirt, Just Security, the Ottawa Citizen, and Dawn. His commentary on contemporary human rights issues has appeared on Voice of America, CTV, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Arabiya, and The Hill.
Michael has a B.A. (Hons.) from Queen's University (Dean's List), an LL.B. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (Dean's List), and an LL.M. from the University of Toronto, where he received a Graduate Fellowship in Innovation Law and Policy. In addition to his role with the WIII Initiative, Michael is the President of the Right to Know Coalition, a Canadian NGO which works to promote government transparency, and he serves on the Executive Committee of ICANN’s Noncommercial Users’ Constituency.
Tiffany C. Li was the inaugural WIII Fellow, from 2017-2019. Her academic research focuses on privacy, intellectual property (particularly copyright), and technology platform governance. She frequently writes and speaks on issues including: internet law and policy, intermediary liability, social media companies, internet access, net neutrality, online speech, artificial intelligence and machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, DNA and genetic privacy, biometric privacy, facial recognition, blockchain, “fake news” and disinformation, open knowledge, fair use, copyright law, consumer privacy, children’s privacy, and digital surveillance. Li’s public scholarship has appeared in popular publications including the Washington Post, NBC News, and Slate. She is a frequent featured expert in television, radio, podcasts, and print and digital publications. Her academic work has appeared in the Computer Security and Law Review, the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology, and the Seattle University Law Review, among others.
Li has been honored as a Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellow (Global Public Policy Institute and New America Foundation), a Fellow of Information Privacy (International Association of Privacy Professionals), an Internet Law and Policy Foundry Fellow (Internet Education Foundation), and an ABA Intellectual Property Law Fellow (American Bar Association). Li is also an Affiliate Scholar at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. Previously, Li was in-house counsel for General Assembly, a global technology education company. She has also held legal positions at the Wikimedia Foundation, Amazon, Ask.com, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. Department of State. Li is a licensed attorney in California, New York (pending), and New Jersey (pending). She holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also a Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board Member for the IAPP.
She has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Global Law Scholar, and a B.A. in English from University of California Los Angeles, where she was a Norma J. Ehrlich Alumni Scholar. She has also studied at Oxford University (England) and Fudan University (China). You can find information on her website (https://www.tiffanyli.com) or follow her on Twitter @tiffanycli.