Associate Fellow, International Security
Emily Taylor

Contact information

+44 (0)1865 582 811


Emily Taylor is an associate fellow of Chatham House and is editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy. She is CEO of Oxford Information Labs. Emily’s research publications include The Internet in the Gulf (Chatham House); 'ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap' and 'Privatisation of Human Rights' for the Global Commission; annual World Report on Internationalised Domain Names (lead author); and reports 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 Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group, and as part of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Network. From 2000-09, she was at Nominet as director of legal and policy. She has written for the Guardian, Ars Technica, and the New Statesman, and has appeared on the BBC Now Show.

Areas of expertise

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

Past experience

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).