Gus Hosein

Gus Hosein


I am a Visiting Fellow in the Information Systems and Innovation Group in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am a Senior Fellow at Privacy International, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Civil Liberties Union project on Technology and Liberty. In 2006 my colleague Simon Davies and I co-founded the LSE-funded Policy Engagement Network. PEN is currently running projects on internet governance, identity policy, and constitutional change. I also consult for governmental and inter-governmental institutions.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered IT Professional (FBCS CITP). I have a degree in Mathematics B.Math (Hons) from the University of Waterloo in Canada, an MSc in Information Systems Security, and a PhD in technology policy and regulation from the University of London.

The following page in simple html explains my research focus, and my various professional interests. While it does not provide an exhaustive review of my work, it covers what I consider relevant, and if you would like to get more information, please contact me at the LSE (ph: +44 (0) 20 7955 6403); or to do so ditigally, please see click here.

Research Interests

Most of my writing is related to the study of policy and law, mostly surrounding privacy and civil liberties. My earlier research focussed on the role of technology in understanding policy, asking questions like 'what does this policy do to the technology it is trying to regulate?' I started asking more sensible questions later, such as 'what is the role of technology within regulatory discourse and deliberation?' My current work looks more at policy discourse, international policy-dynamics, anti-terrorism policies, and the policy-making process. I am also research constitutional change, jurisprudence, and democratic decision-making.

This research is published in academic journals, general media, written in reports for policy-makers, governments, and inter-governmental institutions, and in conference talks around the world.


My publications vary widely between academic publications, research reports, think-pieces, and expert and advocacy statements. A listing of my writings, for better and for worse, is available here.

While I generally make the drafts of my papers available; please note that changes do get made in the final stages of publication.

Conference Talks and Presentations

I regularly and frequently give conference talks and presentations, with audiences ranging from academics, policy-makers, industry, and the general public. A list of some of my talks is available here.

Academic And Community Network Building

I have previously held visiting scholar and visiting fellow posts at Columbia University and Oxford University. In 2007 I was granted the honour of being a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. I have been a reviewer for a variety of publishers, journals, conferences. I regularly give guest lectures at universities, chair panels and speak at university-hosted conferences around the world.

Outreach, Policy Reports, and other Professional Activities and Consultancies

I have consulted for a number of government, inter-government, industry, and civil society organisations. In 2006 and 2007 alone I consulted and wrote commissioned reports for: HM Treasury, Free Congress Foundation, the American Civil Liberites Union, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Association for Progressive Communication, University of Toronto and the Federal Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the European Parliament LIBE committee, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

I have given evidence and written reports to address Parliamentary committees in Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Parliament, and the United States. I have also worked with officials from governmental institutions around the world including the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Australian Government, the EU, the OECD, the OSCE, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, amongst others.

I speak regularly at government and industry conferences. Over the years I have worked closely with firms across a number of sectors, including IT and telecommunications firms, internet service companies, security companies, the airline and travel industry, and the finance industry.

Frequently my colleagues and I organise public meetings, such as the 2007 launch of the Future Britain project; multistakeholder workshops and forums, such as the research phase of the Canadian ID policy project reaching out to officials, regulators, academics and experts; or industry- and sector-specific workshops and meetings such as our outreach on internet policy, and anti-terrorism and surveillance policies.


I have been teaching and lecturing at the LSE in various capacities since 1997. My teaching interests include:

I have lectured to brilliant undergraduates; and lectured and supervised MSc students on topics surrounding networks, security, technological change, law, and privacy. In particular, I teach on:

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