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Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda is Assistant Professor in Information Technology Law at Trinity College Dublin, where she researches and teaches on the relationship between law and information technology. Maria Grazia’s work focusses on cybersecurity, cybercrime, data protection, privacy and surveillance in EU law. Maria Grazia is the author of ‘Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection in EU Law. A Law, Policy and Technology Analysis’ (Hart Publishing 2023) and has published contributions in leading law and technology journals and edited collections. Maria Grazia is Principal Investigator in the project Appraising the prevention and deterrence of cybercrime in Ireland through the law’ (Provost’s PhD Project Award) and a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN PROTECT network on Ethics, Law & Knowledge for Governing AI Data.Previously she participated in collaborative interdisciplinary projects funded by the UK EPSRC, the EU DG Justice and Consumers and the EU FP7. Maria Grazia regularly serves on Advisory Boards, most recently for ethical matters on the Horizon Europe VIGILANT project. She is a Legal Expert in new technologies within the EU European Data Protection Board’s Support Pool of Experts and served on the EUISS Cyber Capacity Building Task Force advising the EU DG for Development and Cooperation.
Before joining TCD, Maria Grazia worked as a researcher at the University of Leeds, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the European University Institute and CRIDS (University of Namur). She trained on privacy and security matters at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Data Protection Supervisor. Maria Grazia holds a PhD in Law from the EUI with a thesis titled Cybersecurity and Privacy Rights in EU Law. Moving beyond the Trade-off Model to Appraise the Role of Technology. Maria Grazia has a background in Law, Political Science and International Relations, with degrees from the EUI, the University of Bologna, Collegio Superiore and the University of Cagliari.
During her studies she visited at various institutions, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and University of California at Berkeley. Her early work was awarded prizes by the Lyncean Academy and the Italian Information Security Association.