Leonie Maria Tanczer

Main focus: Internet Research

Twitter handle: @leotanczt

Website/blog: http://www.leonietanczer.net/

Languages: English, German

City: Belfast, London, Wien/Vienna

Country: United Kingdom

Topics: iot, governance, digital security, cybersecurity, gender studies, identity, digital divide, hacking, hacktivism, online collective action, ireland, feminism, hacker culture, internet of things, security, cyber security, domestic violence, vawg, uk, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, online safety, online harm, online violence, technology-facilitated abuse, tech abuse

Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Consulting, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


Dr Leonie Maria Tanczer is an Associate Professor in International Security and Emerging Technologies at University College London and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. She is interested in the intersection of technology, security, and gender. She is researching and publishing on a wide array of Internet-related topics ranging from online sexism to censorship and surveillance.

Prior to her current appointment at UCL Computer Science, Dr Tanczer was a Lecturer at UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEAPP), and before that, a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the EPSRC-funded PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub, where she was part of the "Standards, Governance and Policy" research team.

She holds a PhD from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Her thesis included supervision from both social sciences and engineering (ECIT) and focused on the (in)securitisation of hacking and hacktivism. She studied Political Science (B.A.) at the University Vienna and University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland) and Political Psychology (MSc.) at the Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Tanczer is leading the "Gender and Tech" Research Group at UCL and initiated the influential "Gender and IoT" research project (G-IoT), which examines the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies on gender-based domestic violence and abuse. In 2015, she was a Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Gender and the Internet of Things (GIoT) Research Project: Working to tackle tech-abuse - UCL

Gender and IoT: Implications of Smart Devices on Victims of Domestic Violence

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Smart Fridge

Hacktivismus und Stereotype

Caution! Hackers Ahead. – The Securitisation of Hacking and Hacktivism

“I feel like a criminal and I have to be god at the same time”: Perceptions of hackers and hacktivists on their (in)securitisation

How to Engage with the Media: VAMHN ECR Lunchtime Seminar Series