David Banisar is an International Fellow at the Government Accountability Project in Washington, DC and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has worked in the field of information policy for over 20 years and has authored numerous books, studies and articles on freedom of information, freedom of expression, media policy, whistleblowing, communications security, and privacy and data protection. He is vice chair of the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition and co-chair of the UK BOND Transparency group.

David was previously Senior Legal Counsel at ARTICLE 19 where he led the organisation’s work on transparency and information rights, including the right to information, anti-corruption, environmental protection and sustainable development. He also was Deputy Director of Privacy International and has also been a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and the University of Leeds, and Policy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organisations, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the UN Development Programme, and the Open Society Institute. He has a Juris Doctor in law and public policy from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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David Banisar


London School of Economics/ Government Accountability Project

Professional Title

Visiting Fellow


  • Global




Transparency; Access to Information; Whistleblowing; Media and Freedom of Expression; Privacy and Data Protection; Sustainable Development & Environment

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