Associate Fellow, International Security
Emily Taylor
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Emily Taylor is an internet governance expert and an associate fellow of Chatham House. She has worked in the domain name industry since 1999. She is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network. Her research publications include the annual World Report on Internationalised Domain Names (lead author), various reports on internet protocols for the UK regulator, Ofcom, and a review of ICANN's policy development process. She chaired the independent WHOIS Review Team for ICANN, and served on the UN Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group. For 10 years, she was at Nominet as director of Legal and Policy. She is a director of several internet companies, including Oxford Information Labs, which specializes in data mining.


  • Internet governance and ICANN
  • Internet protocol and domain names
  • Online multilingualism
  • Privacy, freedom of expression and internet law


2014 - presentResearch Advisory Network, Global Commission on Internet Governance
2014 - presentChatham House: discussant for Minister Malcolm Turnbull at 'Governing the Internet: Global Village or Wild West'; Steering Committee for the London Conference, and member of panel on 'Political Power and the Digital Revolution'
2014 - presentInternet Governance Masterclass, InterConnect Communications
2014 - presentLexisPSL IP & IT Consulting Editorial Board
2013 - presentCompact Seminar, EU Internet law and governance, College of Europe Bruges
2008 - presentModerator, various internet governance conferences including Stockholm Internet Forum (2012, 2013, 2014), Internet Governance Forum main sessions on Critical Internet Resources (2008, 2011), EuroDIG (2012), Internetdagarna (2011, 2013) – with panels including Neelie Kroes, Carl Bildt, Thorbjorn Jagland, Marietje Schaake MEP
2012-13Independent evaluator, ICANN new gTLD program (string similarity, geographic names)
2010-12Chair, ICANN WHOIS Review Team
2006-12Multistakeholder Advisory Group to Internet Governance Forum
2000-09Nominet UK, Director of Legal and Policy
1996-2000Solicitor in private practice. Trained at CMS Cameron McKenna, qualifying into contentious intellectual property department (1998).

Broadcast experience



  • French, Italian (not broadcast standard)
  • ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap Global Commission on Internet Governance, 2015
  • World Report on Internationalised Domain Names for UNESCO, EURid, Versign (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Lexis Nexis, 2014, precedents and practice notes on Internet and domain names for Lexis PSL, IP & IT
  • ICANN Accountability and Transparency 2, Generic Names Support Organisation Policy Development Process, Evaluation Study, 2013, for InterConnect Communications
  • MC/159 Implications of Carrier Grade Network Address Translators, for Ofcom, 2013, InterConnect Communications
  • MC/111 Internet Protocol version 6, Deployment Study for Ofcom, 2012, InterConnect Communications