Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières
Executive Director of Content Policy and Society Lab, Stanford University
Julie Owono is the Executive Director of the Content Policy & Society Lab and a Fellow of the Program on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University. She is also the Executive Director of digital rights organization Internet Sans Frontières, one of the inaugural members of the Facebook Oversight Board, and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She holds an M.A. in International Law from Sorbonne University in Paris and practiced as a lawyer at the Paris Bar.
With a fluency in five languages, a childhood spent in various countries, and an educational background at the Lyçée Français Alexandre Dumas in Moscow, Owono has a unique perspective to understand the challenges and opportunities of a global internet. This background has shaped her belief that global and multi-stakeholder collaborations can be instrumental in the emergence of rights-based content policies and regulations.
Owono is a member of the Global Partnership on AI created by France and Canada, as well as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on AI for Humanity, the WEF Council on the Connected World, and the World Benchmarking Alliance’s Expert Committee on Digital Inclusion. She was also a member of UNESCO’s Ad Hoc Expert Group, which drafted the first international text on “Recommendations on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”