WIII welcomes our 2019-20 WIII Fellow, Michael Karanicolas, in July 2019.
Michael Karanicolas is a graduate student in law at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on the impact of technology on human rights. He is also the Policy Director for the Domain Name Rights Coalition, a US-based NGO which works to promote free speech, transparency, privacy and due process in the Internet governance space, as well as the President of the Right to Know Coalition, which works to enhance government transparency. Prior to this, he spent seven years as the Senior Legal Officer with the Centre for Law and Democracy, a Canadian based NGO that works to promote foundational rights for democracy, with a particular emphasis on freedom of expression, digital rights and the right to information.
Michael has published extensively on a range of human rights issues, and he currently serves on the Executive Committee of ICANN’s Noncommercial Users’ Constituency. Michael has a B.A. (Hons.) from Queen's University (Dean's List), and an LL.B. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (Dean's List).
Tiffany C. Li is a technology attorney and legal scholar. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, where she leads the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information. She is an expert on law and policy at the forefront of new technological innovations.
Li’s 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, digital surveillance, and other new and exciting legal issues of the future.
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).