Dr. Maureen Webb

Maureen Webb is a labour, human rights and constitutional lawyer. Her book, Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance and Authoritarianism, published by The MIT Press, made Wired magazine’s “Thirteen Must Read Books for Spring 2020” list. Also the author of Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post 9-11 World (San Francisco: City Lights, 2007), Maureen’s work has been praised by voices as diverse as Craig Newmark, Randi Weingarten, Cory Doctorow, Andrew Feenberg, Jeremy Waldron, and Mark Danner. She’s been invited to speak in many venues, including Chatham House, Virtual Futures, the Oxford Literary Festival, the London Front Line club, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the World Affairs Council of California, the Toronto International Festival of Authors, the Gray Area (San Francisco) and most recently the Goethe Institute’s One Zero Society/Zeitgeister forum. Maureen has testified before Commons and Senate committees ontechnology and national security matters, taught comparative national security law at UBC Law School, and written numerous articles for peer-reviewed legal journals, including one on the review of the Canadian Anti-terrorism Act that was cited extensively in the trial judgment in R. v. Khawaja.

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We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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