Janis Wong

PhD researcher

University of St Andrews


I am an interdisciplinary PhD researcher in Computer Science at the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP), University of St Andrews. My supervisors are Dr. Tristan Henderson and Professor Kirstie Ball. I am interested in the legal and technological applications in data protection, privacy, and data ethics, where my current research aims to create a socio-technical data commons framework that helps data subjects protect their personal data under existing data protection, privacy, and information regulations. My PhD is generously funded by the University of St Andrews St Leonard's Interdisciplinary Scholarship.

I am an active speaker and enjoy communicating data protection and privacy-related topics to both academic and non-academic audiences. If you or your organisation may be interested in hosting an event on the topics below, please get in touch!


  • Data Protection
  • Privacy
  • Data Ethics
  • Law
  • Research Ethics
  • Civil Disobedience


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2018 - Present

    University of St Andrews

  • MSc in Computing and Information Technology, 2018

    University of St Andrews

  • LLB in Law, 2017

    London School of Economics and Political Science



Data Protection Advisor

Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community Council

Sep 2019 – Present St Andrews, UK
Appointed to support the RBStACC on matters involving data protection, personal data, and digital technologies.

St Leonard's Associate Researcher

University of St Andrews

Nov 2018 – Mar 2019 St Andrews, UK
Appointed to teach data ethics as part of Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

Scottish Parliament Committee and Young Women Lead

Scottish Parliament and YWCA

Oct 2018 – Jun 2019 Edinburgh, UK
Established a report on a parliamentary committee to discuss barriers for engagement in sports and physical activity for young women. My role focused on best practices, particularly on the impact and ethics of social media.

Partnerships Director

Robogals EMEA

Sep 2018 – Present UK
Support 11 Robogals Chapters in running workshops and creating long-term partnerships with external organisations to increase girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Project Facilitator and Head of Social Media

Generation Brexit, LSE European Institute

Jul 2017 – Jan 2019 London, UK
Worked with Presidents, Research Officers, and Editors to shape social media strategies and event releases. Devised tailored approaches for Facilitators, support their public content, and grow the online community.


Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition

Award for best essay in the Social Media, Data and Privacy category.

Code First: Girls Ones to Watch Award

Award for innovative and entrepreneurial women under 30.

Santander and St Leonard's Research Mobility Award

Award to recognise academically rewarding research visits that make a material contribution to PhD research.

London Hopper Colloqiuim Finalist

Finalist Award for pioneering research in computing.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Power, Migration, & Ethics in the Age of Surveillance

No Tech For Tyrants Digital Summit, Edinburgh

My coding journey from Law to Computer Science

Edinburgh University Women in Business, Edinburgh

Improving the GDPR right to data portability

Open Rights Group North Conference, Edinburgh

The right to data portability in practice

Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL), Paris

Recent Posts

Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 Essay

Best essay for the category of Social Media, Data and Privacy

External Publications & Media

Articles, posts, and reports

What I've Been Reading in 2020

A visual record of the books I've read


Welcome to my website! It's a new year and a new digital footprint.