Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum. An author and researcher, she has written respected and influential studies in the area of privacy, identity, AI, data brokers, health privacy, biometrics, and other topics. Dixon has conducted substantive biometrics research in India, which formed the basis of a scholarly article analyzing India’s Aadhaar, biometrics, and EU-US data protection policy, A Failure to Do No Harm, (Springer-Nature). In 2019 Dixon served as Rapporteur for the first Roundtable of African Data Protection Authorities (RADPA), for which she produced a report regarding privacy and identity in African jurisdictions. Dixon has written numerous other privacy studies, including studies in the area of health, financial, online, biometrics, genetic privacy, and workplace privacy. She is an expert advisor to OECD on AI, and has also been an advisor on health data uses. Dixon was formerly a research fellow with the Privacy Foundation at Denver University’s Sturm School of Law where she researched and wrote about technology-related privacy issues. Dixon has testified before the US Congress and Federal agencies. Currently, Dixon is co-chair with Benno Ndulo for the Center for Global Development’s Workgroup on Data Governance and Economic Development: Balancing Opportunities and Risks, which is focused on LMICs. She serves on the editorial board of the Harvard- based Journal of Technology Science. She is the author of 8 books, including Online Privacy with Robert Gellman. She was the editor of Surveillance in America, An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and the Law (2016). Her next book on privacy is forthcoming in 2021.