Maria Farrell is an Irish writer and consultant, based in London. Her client work has recently focused on the future of the Internet, the digital economy in the Middle East, international instruments, extra-territoriality and the Internet, and ethics and big data.
From 2014 – 2016, Maria was a Senior Consultant at InterConnect Communications, delivering consulting and training on Internet governance and cyber-security policy. Maria also teaches politics and policy on Oxford University’s doctoral programme in cyber security.
Previously, Maria was deputy head of corporate affairs and policy officer at ICANN, based in Brussels, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Maria led communications and a government advisory project at infoDev, the World Bank/IFC program on technology and development. In the early 2000s, she was Internet policy analyst at the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, the UK's Confederation of British Industry and The Law Society of England and Wales.
Maria has written about politics and technology for The Guardian, Slate, the Irish Times, and recently finished a commissioned series for Medium on the future of democracy. Her speaking engagements in the past 18 months include the Royal Society and Royal Institute, and keynoting for technology conferences around Europe.
Maria has appeared as a technology policy expert on NBC, Sky News, BBC and TRT, and blogs at www.crookedtimber.org