Aaron K. Martin, PhD

I am a technology policy expert specializing in cybersecurity, privacy, and digital identity. In 2018 I joined the Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Governance on the Global Data Justice project.

My research interests include cyber policy, critical infrastructure protection, surveillance, biometrics, technology regulation, cybersecurity in the financial services sector, and data in development and humanitarian contexts. I am particularly interested in exploring these topics across the Global South.

In 2020 I co-edited an open-access book on data justice and COVID-19 published by Meatspace Press. My recent journal publications include a piece exploring the rise of India’s Aadhaar as an exemplar of developmental digital identity, a research essay on the impacts of customer identification requirements on refugees, a note on the use of regulatory sandboxes to stimulate responsible humanitarian innovation, and an article on the surveillance of mobile money platforms.

Prior to joining Tilburg Law School, I was a Vice President of Cyber Policy at JPMorgan Chase in New York from 2015-2018. Before that I worked in tech policy roles at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Vodafone Group, and elsewhere. I have lectured internationally including at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Cornell Tech, NYU Stern, and Fundação Getulio Vargas.

I am consultant on connectivity topics to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). I have a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the LSE, where I studied biometrics from 2006-2011.