Full Name
Katherine Townsend
Job Title
Expert Advisor
World Wide Web Foundation
Speaker Bio
Katherine(Kat) Townsend serves as an Expert Advisor to the World Wide Web Foundation, leading the organization’s policy work and strategic direction on preventing and countering Online Gender-Based Violence. In this role she works with tech platforms, governments, and civil society on collaborative efforts for better policies, data, transparency, and accountability that serves those who are most directly affected by violence online. Like the founder of Web Foundation and the inventor of websites, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Kat believes that the web should be for everyone, and is working with a coalition of gender justice and digital rights organizations, the Women’s Rights Online network to make this happen. In addition to her work at Web Foundation, Kat also serves as the Director of Measurement Lab, a non-profit that seeks to measure the Internet, save the data, and make it open and useful with over 4million global speed tests made public daily. She also serves as a co-founder and Principal for Open Data Collaboratives which works with governments and iNGOs to improve the quality and availability of open data for service delivery and civic engagement. She currently serves on the boards of Open Data Charter to open up data for policy change, and Connect Humanity investing in community-driven internet connectivity. Katherine has worked to advise FCDO for data solutions to COVID vaccine distribution, World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability on civic tech, and with governments of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and UAE on open government and open data. She previously served as COO of data.org and at the U.S. Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) standing up USAID’s first and sustained open data policy. Kat can often be found riding a bicycle around the world or increasingly less frequently, tweeting at @DiploKat.
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