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Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas

Director of Public Policy, Digital Safety, Microsoft

As part of Microsoft’s Digital Safety Office, Liz Thomas leads on Public Policy and Partnerships, focused on empowering every person to have a safe and trusted digital experience across Microsoft’s products and services.

In her role, Ms Thomas coordinates global engagement on digital safety issues and supports work to address illegal and harmful content online, including child sexual exploitation and abusive imagery, as well as terrorist and violent extremist content. She works with policymakers, companies, and organizations to hear multistakeholder perspectives on digital safety and drive digital safety initiatives.

Before joining Microsoft in April 2020, Ms Thomas held policy and legal roles in the New Zealand government, including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ms Thomas graduated from the University of Otago with Bachelors degrees in Arts and Law and has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Australian National University.

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