Johnny Ryan is chief policy and industry relations officer at Brave Software. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (U.K.) and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information. Before joining Brave, Ryan was responsible for PageFair’s research, analysis, and industry relations. Previously, he served as chief innovation officer of The Irish Times and senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).
Ryan’s campaign to end the multi-billion dollar ‘real-time bidding’ advertising industry’s data breach spans 16 EU countries, in collaboration with privacy non-governmental organizations. His submissions and expert evidence to regulators have triggered a statutory investigation into suspected infringement of the GDPR by Google’s advertising system by the Irish Data Protection Commission and a report from the U.K. Information Commissioner that closely mirrors his own.
Ryan is the author of the book, ‘A History of the Internet and the Digital Future’, which is based on his work at the IIEA. It was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the European Union. His expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Wired, Le Monde, The Hill, Politico, NPR, TechCrunch, Advertising Age, Fortune, Business Week, the BBC, Sky News, and many others. He is a regular keynote speaker.
As an O’Reilly Foundation Ph.D scholar at the University of Cambridge, Ryan studied the spread of militant memes on the Web. He started his career as a designer and returned to design thinking later as executive director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.