Olivier Alais is currently Project Director – Cybersecurity & Internet Governance for Counterpart International. He oversees the Information Safety & Capacity (ISC) Project and the Internet Governance/Internet Freedom (IGIF) initiative. These projects provide capacity building and information security assistance to civil society activists, human rights defenders, and journalists operating in non-permissive environments around the globe. They also provide civil society actors with advocacy tools and resources to advance a multi stakeholder human rights-based approach to Internet governance. The ISC Project was launched in September 2011 and has been active in 16 countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Syria, Bangladesh, Macedonia, Tanzania and Bosnia). The IGIF initiative was launched in September 2016 and is active in 4 countries (Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe).

Prior this position, Olivier worked on numerous public programs.  He authored the “Applying a Public-Private Partnership approach to Digital ID in Somalia” report for the World Bank, designed technical specifications for the creation of a federal social security digital platform in Mexico, drafted the open source policy in Mauritius, and developed a micro insurance health program in Thailand. He was also a lecturer in computer science and managed information and communications technology programs in West Africa under founding from USAID and the French government.

Olivier was recently a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to explore the social impacts of Open Data and Open Source. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Paris and a joint engineering degree in information system from the University of Technology of Troyes, Compiègne and McGill University.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Paris
  • Joint engineering degree in information system from the University of Technology of Troyes, Compiègne and McGill University
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