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Dr. Maria Grazia Porcedda
Assistant Professor
Trinity College Dublin

Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda is Assistant Professor of IT Law. Her research addresses the relationship between law and technology and in particular matters of privacy, data protection, cyber security and cybercrime. Maria Grazia regularly presents her work at international academic and multi-stakeholder conferences and has published contributions in leading European law and technology venues. Her monograph, 'Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection in EU Law' is due to appear with Hart Publishing in 2022.

Maria Grazia's scholarship is policy-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary. She is the PI in the project 'Appraising the prevention and deterrence of cybercrime in Ireland through the law' (Provost PhD Projects Award) and of a number of other awards (TRISS Research Fellowship and AHSS Beneficiary Fund). She is also member of the PROTECT ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN network and an academic collaborator of ADAPT.

In 2018 Maria Grazia advised the EU Directorate General for Development and Cooperation as a Member of the Task Force on Cyber Capacity Building, coordinated by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, with which she has cooperated on matters of cyber security. She is an external member of Ethical Advisory Boards, including to the School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences and the H2020 TRESSPASS project.

Before joining the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin, Maria Grazia was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. Previously Maria Grazia was a Research Associate within the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the European University Institute in Florence, as well as the Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société of the University of Namur. She trained on privacy and security matters at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, Paris) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS, Brussels).

Maria Grazia holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute with a thesis titled "Cybersecurity and Privacy Rights in EU Law. Moving beyond the Trade-off Model to Appraise the Role of Technology". She holds an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws (European University Institute), an M.A. in International Relations (University of Bologna with honours from Collegio Superiore), and a B.A. in Political Science (University of Cagliari). Her early work was awarded prizes by the Lyncean Academy (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Premio Ruffini) and the Italian Information Security Association (CLUSIT). During her studies she also earned grants to visit at various institutions, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and University of California at Berkeley.

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