Technology Advisory Panel

The Technology Advisory Panel (TAP) was set up under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. Its purpose is to advise the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and Judicial Commissioners on the impact of changing technology and the development of techniques to use investigatory powers whilst minimising privacy interference.

The TAP is not a decision-making body. Its advice cannot constrain any decision of the Judicial Commissioners. Establishing and maintaining the TAP is a responsibility of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner but the TAP may also give advice to relevant Ministers if asked to do so.


Professor Dame Muffy Calder FRSE FREng, Chair

Muffy Calder is a Computing Scientist and Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Her research is in computational modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex, interactive, and sensor-driven systems. She has been a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder, a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow, and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. She is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Daryl Burns

Daryl Burns has worked in cryptography and cyber security for over 30 years with experience in both research and leadership roles in a large UK Government department and was also the Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security. He has worked with leading UK universities and industries, and sponsored the UK Research Institutes in Cyber Security, promoting common research interests between government, industry and academia.

His current interests are in the impact of quantum technologies on digital security and in human understanding of artificial intelligence. As well as continuing his research efforts, he manages a portfolio of work providing advice on security protocols and their implementation.

John Davies

John Davies has worked with most of the big players in the national security, cyber security and law enforcement fields in the UK, exploiting and creating technology to help them do their jobs. He has worked for a large UK government agency in a range of engineering and leadership roles, has built up a small cyber security company in Gloucestershire and has worked for a large global defence prime contractor, helping the UK work effectively with security partners abroad, and as engineering innovation lead in their cyber division. He is now managing a portfolio of work: as well as his work within the TAP, he is currently ‘Mentor in Residence’ at NCSC’s cyber security accelerator, run by Wayra in Cheltenham and is a founder member of IDEPP (the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing).

Professor Derek McAuley

Derek McAuley is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham and Director of Horizon Digital Economy Research. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and member of the UKCRC, a computing research expert panel of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and BCS. Derek has held previous academic posts at Cambridge and Glasgow. He has also spent time in industry: as Deputy Director of the Cambridge Microsoft Research, Director of Intel Research Cambridge and various senior roles within smaller startups. Derek’s current research expertise is in ubiquitous computing, computer architecture, networking, distributed systems and operating systems. He is also interested in the interdisciplinary issues of ethics, identity, privacy, information policy, legislation and economics within a digital society and has been outspoken on the risks of naive adoption of technology.

Professor Richard Mortier

Richard Mortier is Professor of Computing & Human-Data Interaction at Cambridge University, and President of Christ’s College. Past work has included distributed system performance monitoring and debugging, incentives in Internet routing protocols, and real-time media platform design and implementation. Current work includes platforms for privacy preserving personal data processing, Internet of Things security, smart cities, and machine learning in knowledge management. Alongside his academic career, roles have included researcher, architect, founder, and Chief Technology Officer while consulting and working for startups and corporates in both the US and the UK.

Professor Sarvapali Ramchurn

Prof. Sarvapali Ramchurn is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Turing Fellow, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is the Director of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems hub and Co-Director of the Shell-Southampton Centre for Maritime Futures. His research is about the design of Responsible Artificial Intelligence for socio-technical applications including energy systems and disaster management. His research involves applying techniques from Machine Learning, Data Science, and Game Theory. 

Sir Bernard Silverman FRS

Sir Bernard Silverman FRS is a statistician who has researched widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. His work has focused on computational statistics, researching the ways that computing power has changed our ability to collect, analyse, understand and utilise data. He has collaborated across many scientific fields and areas of industry and government. After senior academic appointments at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Oxford, he spent seven years as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office. He now works freelance and his current portfolio encompasses modern slavery, security, official statistics, research integrity, and science and technology for policy and government. He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for public service and services to Science.

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