Dr. Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave and is responsible for policy and privacy matters, as well as relationships with industry partners and regulators.
Before joining Brave, Dr. Ryan was responsible for PageFair’s research and analysis, as well as industry relations.
Previous roles include being Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment, and information. Dr. Ryan is the author of two books (“A History of the Internet in the Digital Future” is available on Amazon). His first book was based on his work at the IIEA, and was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the European Union.
His expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Wired, Le Monde, NPR, Advertising Age, Fortune, Business Week, the BBC, Sky News, and many others. As an O’Reilly Foundation Ph.D. scholar at the University of Cambridge, he studied the spread of militant memes on the Web.
He started his career as a designer and returned to design thinking later as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.