Patricia A. Vargas-Leon is a Post-Doc in the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She has previously been a fellow in the European Summer School on Internet governance (Euro-SSIG) and the South School on Internet Governance (SSIG).
Patricia conducts research from a triple perspective: law, policy, and technology and uses diverse methodologies within the fields of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and the law of the sea. Her research focuses on the privacy violations caused by the misuse of metadata, extreme forms of government control over the Internet infrastructure, network neutrality, international law, and the study of parallel policies between the law of the sea and cyberspace. Her doctoral dissertation explores governments' attempts to "shut down" the entire Internet in democratic and non-democratic regimes. Furthermore, Patricia has twenty years of expertise in international law. She is a former consultant within the United Nations' Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea from the United Nations (DOALOS) and a former Google Policy Fellow. Previously to her academic career, she worked as an attorney for the private sector for nearly ten years.
Patricia holds a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology, an M.S. and an MPhil from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, and a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú.