NewsAlgorand Foundation supports Oxford Internet Institute Fellow to research global efforts to manage digital identities

Algorand Foundation supports Oxford Internet Institute Fellow to research global efforts to manage digital identities


Algorand Foundation

Oxford, United Kingdom, February 23rd, 2022 - The Algorand Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jas Johl as a Visiting Policy Fellow to the Oxford Internet Institute from April 2022.

The Oxford Internet Institute is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet.

Johl’s research, which will be advised by the Institute’s Director Professor Victoria Nash in collaboration with and supported by the Algorand Foundation, focuses on global efforts to manage digital identities.

“I am delighted to welcome Jas Johl to the Oxford Internet Institute’s Visiting Policy Fellowship Programme. Her ambitious and exciting work on digital identities links in well with the research interests of many of our academics and students at the OII and I’m sure we can both learn a lot from each other” says Professor Nash,  who holds several digital policy advisory roles, including membership of the UK Government’s multi-stakeholder UK Council on Internet Safety, and whose recent projects have included an analysis of age verification policies as a tool for balancing the interests of children and adults online.

“My work will seek to define the potential constraints digital identity systems must satisfy to preserve and promote privacy as required for individual autonomy, “ says Johl.

Johl is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied Rhetoric & Political Theory, and Oxford University, where she studied Comparative Social Policy. Johl sits on the Board of Directors of the U.S. think tank, The Roosevelt Institute. She has served as a Senior Advisor in government on gender equity policy, and held senior roles in technology, working on information security projects across top U.S. technology companies.

“We are excited to collaborate with Jas Johl on this important research. Thoughtful consideration of the way digital identities are leveraged and constructed is crucial for the future development of blockchain applications” underlines Hugo Krawczyk, Principal Researcher and Head of the Algorand Centres of Excellence (ACE) programme.

Johl’s fellowship is supported by the Algorand Foundation grants programme. If you are interested in submitting a project for support from the Algorand Foundation Grant programme, please apply here.

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