The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is excited to announce that Konstantinos Komaitis has joined GNI as an academic member. Komaitis is a veteran of developing and analyzing internet policy to ensure an open and global internet. He is currently a nonresident fellow with the Democracy + Tech Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab; he is also a non-resident fellow and senior researcher for the Lisbon Council.

“The open, interoperable and global Internet is at an inflection point and, to this end, spaces that foster collaboration are more important than ever. I am, therefore, excited to be joining the Global Network Initiative and work with its vibrant community on upholding human rights online,” said Komaitis.

Komaitis has spent ten years in active policy development and strategy as a senior director at the Internet Society, where he led a series of projects, including the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority transition. Before joining the Internet Society, he spent seven years as a senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he was researching and teaching internet policy, with particular focus on internet governance, intellectual property, trade, and cybersecurity.

“Konstantinos has been doing great work at the intersection of internet governance, infrastructure, and digital rights, and I am very excited about the unique insights and expertise that he will bring into GNI,” said GNI’s Executive Director, Jason Pielemeier.