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 also a Research Fellow at the Open Data Institute, focusing on data protection and governance in online teaching, learning analytics, and educational technology.

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
  • Online Learning and Education


  • 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



Research Participant

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Oct 2020 – Jan 2021 Massachusetts, USA
Research Sprint on Digital Ethics in Times of Crisis: Covid-19 and Access to Education and Learning Spaces.

Research Fellow

Open Data Institute

Oct 2020 – Present London, UK
Research on data protection, privacy, and governance as it relates to online teaching, learning analytics, and educational technology.

Data Protection Advisor

Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community Council

Sep 2019 – Dec 2020 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.


Data Protection for the Common Good: Developing a framework for a data protection-focused data commons

In our data-driven society, personal data are increasingly being collected and processed by sizeable and international companies. While …

The ‘Personal’ in Personal Data: Who is Responsible for Our Data and How Do We Get it Back?

Winner of Best in Category, Justis International Law and Technology Writing Competition 2020 for the Category of Social Media, Data and …

Co-Creating Autonomy: Group data protection and individual self-determination within a data commons

Recent privacy scandals such as Cambridge Analytica and the Nightingale Project show that data sharing must be carefully managed and …

The Right to Data Portability in Practice: Exploring the Implications of the Technologically Neutral GDPR

Our paper explores the right to data portability in depth by making 230 requests to data controllers on the day the GDPR was enforced. …


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 Colloquium Finalist

Finalist Award for pioneering research in computing.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

A Commons for Online Learning: Supporting students' data protection preferences

Higher Education Institutional Research, University of St Andrews

A Conversation on Web Scraping

DataKind UK, UK

Introduction to Data Ethics

Sutton Trust Summer School, St Andrews (Online)

Whither data portability? Obstacles to the GDPR's newest data subject right

British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA), University of Newcastle

Recent Posts

What I've Been Reading 2021

Keeping track of the books I've read

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.