Miriam Wimmer is a researcher and a professor of Law at IDP, in Brazil, focusing on the intersection of Law and technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Law, and took part in the one-year International Division Program of Waseda University, in Tokyo, with academic distinction. She teaches graduate courses on Regulation of New Technologies, Personal Data Protection, and Legal Research Methodologies. She is also a researcher at the Center for Law, Internet, and Society (CEDIS), focusing on data protection and fundamental rights, as well as artificial intelligence, ethics, and the Law. Miriam also has over 15 years of experience working in the public sector.
She served as a member of the first Board of Directors of the Brazilian Data Protection Authority, ANPD, between 2020 and 2022, and previously held senior positions at the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Communications, and the national telecommunications regulator, developing policies related to digital inclusion, digital transformation, internet governance, and artificial intelligence. She also serves as a member of the Committee of Legal Experts created by the Brazilian Senate to propose a Bill of Law on Artificial Intelligence.
In 2020 she received the Distinction in Internet Governance in Brazil Award, issued by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), in recognition of relevant contributions, over the last decade, in policymaking related to the development of the Internet in Brazil. In 2021 she achieved recognition as Leading Voice for a Digital Brazil, for her contribution to actions of social impact related to inclusive digital transformation.
She was also named by Global Data Review for the Women in Data 2022 list, spotlighting women at the cutting edge of legislation, regulation, and technology around the world.