Jam Jacob is a lawyer by profession specialising in the overlapping fields of ICT, law, and human rights.
He is a fierce advocate of privacy rights and is consistently involved in the development of policies that aim to protect the personal data of individuals—particularly those belonging to vulnerable sectors—from unwarranted surveillance and their improper use by both the state and private interests.
Jam has served as resource speaker to local, regional and international forums and conferences. Most recently, he was a panelist at the 2015 Internet Governance Forum in Brazil, the 2016 Citizen Lab Summer Institute in Toronto, and the Asia Pacific Region IGF in Taipei.
His other research interests include issues relating to cybercrime, cybersecurity, and the rights to information and free expression. He is a contributor to the World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap) Project of Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, and the 2016 Global Information Society Watch joint initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS).
He has degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of the Philippines, and a postgraduate degree in law (LLM) from the University of Auckland, with Human Rights Law as specialisation. He also took up the 2015 Summer Course on U.S.-EU Privacy Law and Policy at the University of Amsterdam.
Together with his background in illustration, design, and photography, Jam utilises his legal and research skills towards the promotion of human rights and social change.
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