Katarzyna Szymielewicz

human rights activist, lawyer and president of the Panoptykon Foundation

Expert in human rights and technology, lawyer and activist, Katarzyna Szymielewicz is the co-founder and president of the Panoptykon Foundation – Polish NGO defending human rights in surveillance society.

Since 2012 she is vice president of European Digital Rights. In the past – she was associate at international law firm Clifford Chance and member of civic advisory board for the Minister of Digital Affairs in Poland. She graduated from the University of Warsaw (Law) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Development Studies). She us an Ashoka Fellow since 2015. She contributed to the European public debate on many emerging issues such as: algorithmic accountability, explainability of AI-supported decisions, micro-targeting based on inferred data and societal costs related to commercial surveillance.

Her engagement in the political process leading to the adoption of the GDPR was documented in David Bernet’s movie “Democracy” (2016). Published in many titles, incl. the Guardian and the Startup (Medium). Running own podcast “Panoptykon 4.0” in the TOK FM (Polish news radio). Keynote speaker at international events incl. CPDP, re:publica, RightsCon and MozFest.