Yuan Stevens

Yuan (“You-anne”) Stevens (she/they) is a legal and policy advisor with expertise on technology and human rights. She brings years of international experience to her role as an Academic Associate at the Centre of Genomics and Policy, having examined the impacts of technological developments on marginalized populations in Canada, the US and Europe. 

She obtained her Juris Doctor and B.C.L. from McGill University in 2017, winning numerous awards for her academic excellence and contributions to her community. She completed her Masters of Laws (LL.M), Concentration in Law and Technology in 2022 at the University of Ottawa, where she was awarded the CLTS Impact Award by the Centre for Law, Technology and Society for her thought leadership on cybersecurity and digital rights. 

Her research addresses questions of data governance, privacy, and human rights, with a focus on the meaningful inclusion of equity-seeking populations in the design and rollout of technological systems. She has written for popular media outlets such the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen and has been quoted in news stories by the Globe & Mail, the CBC and the New York Times

When she’s not examining the role of technology in creating dystopian futures in Canada and abroad (including in the field of healths sciences), you can find her reading a book (most likely non-fiction) or dancing with her friends on the weekend.