Lewis Humphreys is the founding Managing Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses upon the social impacts of the digital economy, Tech For Good, and human factors based interdisciplinary models for improving cybersecurity and privacy. The vision for CPI is to grow our nationally recognized research and education leadership in Canada to be a global leader in information security and privacy. Lewis is primarily concerned with thinking through responses to the deleterious impacts of the surveillance and attention technologies, the technical/social problems that require putting human interests first in technology development, and ensuring we maintain our privacy and protect the basic democratic principles and civility that are the foundation of our national security and way of life.
Lewis is an active member of Quantum Safe Canada, SERENE Risc Cybersecurity Network, the National Cybersecurity Consortium, and is a co-founder of the CyberCity Conference. He is also a co-founder of the scientific research video sharing platform Filmstacker.com. Prior to returning to Canada he worked in emerging technology commercialization and intellectual property management at the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona. Lewis has an academic background in political economy and gender relations. He began his career in Pay Equity and labour relations as a consultant to various labour organizations. He has been involved at the intersection of social policy and the impact of disruptive technologies for his entire career.