Matthew Shears

Matthew is Director, Cyber at Global Partners Digital. In this role, he leads the organisation’s cybersecurity programmes.  

Matthew’s chief areas of focus are internet policy and governance, cybersecurity and human rights. His extensive engagement in internet governance has involved the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) since 2005, including the High-Level review meeting in December 2015; the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT); and the Brazil NETmundial meeting. He regularly attends the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and was a member of the first Multistakeholder Advisory Group.  

Matthew has been actively involved with the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), including co-chairing a working group on human rights and cybersecurity, and is currently a co-Chair of the FOC non-governmental Advisory Network.  He is currently a member of the Board of ICANN and has worked for the Internet Society, AT&T, Seattle-based broadband satellite start-up Teledesic, and Cisco Systems.  

A UK national, he received his MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and his BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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