Executive Director, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Joe McNamee is Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of privacy and digital civil rights organisations from across Europe. He has worked on internet-related topics since 1995, having started his online career as a technical support advisor for an internet provider in 1995. He was responsible for three independent studies for the European Commission on local loop unbundling, on convergence and on telecommunications and the information society in eight former Soviet states.
Mr McNamee led EDRi’s work on the data protection package and worked on various international data protection initiatives. He has a particular interest in the trend to devolve online law enforcement to internet intermediaries and its effect on privacy, legal certainty and free speech.
Mr McNamee studied Modern Languages at the University of the West of England at Bristol (UWE) (BA), European Politics (MA) in Swansea and International Law (LLM) at the Brussels Schools of International Studies.