Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS


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Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Head of Ecosystem for PageFair, currently focussing on GDPR, the ePrivacy Regulation, and media sustainability.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information.

His second book “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford. His expert commentary on adblocking, privacy, and digital has appeared in The Financial Times, Le Monde, Wired, NPR, Advertising Age, the BBC, Sky News, and many others. His writing has appeared in NATO Review, Fortune, Business Week, Business Insider, Contagious, and Ars Technica.

He has a background in policy think tanks, academia, and media. His previous roles include being Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA).

He has spoken at the United Nations, Chatham House, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the OSCE, the European Commission, the Academy of European Law.

His first book, based on his work at the IIEA, was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the European Union.

As a PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge he studied the spread of terrorist memes on the Web. He was supervised by MI5’s official historian, and his advisor was the former Director of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

He started his career as a designer, and returned to design thinking later as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge, and occasionally lectures at the Business School of University College Dublin.

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Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Head of Ecosystem for PageFair. His previous roles include Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times. His second book “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Recent press stories citing Dr Johnny Ryan

  • What Europe’s Tough New Data Law Means for You, and the Internet, New York Times, May 2018
  • How GDPR will impact Facebook, Google and online advertising, Marketing Week, May 2018
  • Privacy issues emerge as major business risk for Facebook, Reuters, March 2018
  • PageFair on IAB consent framework: ‘Violates GDPR’, Martech Today, March 2018
  • Publishers’ trade association on IAB’s proposed framework for GDPR: ‘A non-starter’, Martech Today, March 2018
  • GDPR: What is it? AdWeek, February 2018
  • Google flexed its muscles with new ad-blocking rules, and some smaller players are concerned about its power, CNBC, February 2018
  • Ad tech firms join PageFair’s new Perimeter initiative for GDPR-compliant ad targeting, March Today, January 2018
  • ‘Consent is unworkable’ for programmatic ads in the era of GDPR, Martech Today, January 2018
  • With GDPR looming, DSPs are under pressure to adapt, DigiDay, January 2018
  • A Publisher’s Guide To GDPR, AdExchanger, January 2018
  • As GDPR Looms, Privacy Tech Is On The Rise, AdExchanger, December 2017
  • Meeting the GDPR challenge, Sunday Business Post, December 2017
  • Expect A Contraction Of The Supply Chain In The Leadup To GDPR, AdExchanger, November 2017
  • Facebook: Core EU Business Potentially at Risk when GDPR Comes into Force in May 2018; Legitimate Interest Exemption Likely Not An Escape Hatch; Privacy Activists Preparing to Sue for Violations, The Capitol Forum, November 2017
  • Facebook generated over $700m of its revenue from adblock users, MobileMarketing Magazine, November 2017
  • A Marketer’s Guide To GDPR, AdExchanger, October 2017
  • Google and Facebook: EU’s Draft ePrivacy Regulation Passes Committee and Parliament Vote; Strong Privacy Measures Intact; GDPR, ePrivacy Regulation Pose Risk to Facebook, Google, Other “Surveillance Economy” Participants, The Capitol Forum, October 2017
  • GDPR: a treat for some, a trick for others, Medatel, October 2017
  • What does the EU’s privacy reform mean for US marketers? And what should you do now?, The Drum, October 2017
  • Why the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation directive could save the journalism industry, Press Gazette, September 2017
  • GDPR is coming, and many U.S. ad tech firms aren’t ready, Digiday, September 2017
  • How EU data laws will disrupt Google, Facebook, WARC, September 2017
  • Publicidad Bloqueadores de anuncios: ¿el fin de internet? El País May 2017
  • Stronger Privacy Laws Could Save Advertising From Itself, Wired, April 2017
  • How new EU laws may transform digital marketing across the globe, WARC, April 2017
  • Industry-wide ad blocking could finally acknowledge that online advertising has problems, Business Insider April 2017
  • Google envisage de lancer son propre bloqueur de publicités, Le Monde, April 2017
  • Adblocking is leading to ‘the slow death of niches’ on the web, Business Insider, April 2017
  • Why would Google want to block its own ads?, NPR Marketplace, April 2017
  • Adblocking tools hit web revenue and traffic, study finds, The Irish Times, April 2017
  • GDPR set to be a force for good in advertising Mediatel, April 2017
  • Publishers are trying to stop ad blocker users viewing their content — but there are signs their walls aren’t working, Business Insider, February 2017
  • Ad-blocking software use on the increase, The Australian, February 2017
  • Irish internet users rush to embrace ad blockers, The Irish Times, February 2017
  • (Spanish) El uso de software antipublicidad creció un 30% en 2016, Periodismo, February 2017
  • (Chinese) Ad-blocker 網民續鬥法 研究:用戶參與一團和氣 E-zone, February 2017
  • (Dutch) Adblockers maken mee de switch van desktop naar mobiel, Knack, March 2017
  • European Commission proposal will kill third-party cookies, Mediatel, January 2017
  • New EU Data Regulations Will ‘Rip Global Digital Ecosystem Apart’, AdAge, December 2016
  • This company has a compelling argument why mobile carriers may never be able to roll out ad blocking in Europe, Business Insider, December 2016
  • Why Twitch Is Joining Facebook In Blocking Ad Blockers, Motherboard, December 2016
  • New EU data law could hurt marketers but help publishers, Irish Independent, December 2016
  • Europe’s new privacy rules are about shake adland to its core, Mediatel, November 2016
  • The persuaders try to convince consumers on ads, Financial Times, October 2016
  • Publishers May Need To Get Past Angst Over Ad Blockers, NPR MarketPlace, October 2016
  • “Getting the whole story on ad blocking”, Digital Content Next, Sepember 2016
  • In the ad-blocking war, publishers gain an important ally in Facebook, Poynter, August 2016
  • Industry Tries to Figure Out Whether China Just Banned Ad-Blocking, AdAge, July 2016
  • Mobile ad blocking is still relatively uncommon in the U.S., Engadget, July 2016
  • My Loose Theory of Too Much Information: Value of Trust Goes Up, Huffington Post, July 2016
  • (Indonesian) Orang Indonesia Getol Pasang “Adblocker” di Smartphone, Kompas, July 2016
  • (Spanish) La publicidad va a dejar de financiar al periodismo, Media-Tics, July 2016
  • This week Click looks at ad blockers. As the number of people installing them increases, publishers are hitting back by using ad blocker blockers but where will it all end up? BBC News, June 2016
  • “Premium publishers, trust, and ad blocking”, Digital Content Next, July 2016
  • Mobile Ad Blocking on a Steep Ascent Globally, eMarketer, June 2016
  • (Indonesian) 38 juta pengguna gawai di Indonesia benci iklan, Beritagar, June 2016
  • In the Parallel War of Ad Blockers, Privacy Is Lost, Voice Of America, June 2016
  • “Seven steps you can take to manage the risk of ad blocking”, Digital Content Next, June 2016
  • Here are seven possible ways for publishers to deal with adblockers, NiemenLab, May 2016
  • Can publishers ‘good-ad’ their way out of the ad-blocking phenomenon?, Journalism.co.uk, May 2016
  • Three announces network level ad-blocking trial, Mobile Marketing Magazine, May 2016
  • Asia is leading the adoption of mobile adblocking; North America is dodging the bullet (for now, at least), NiemenLab, May 2016
  • (German) Vodafone denies advertising block plans, Heise, April 2016
  • As Technology Defeats Ad Blocking, Online Ads Must Improve, AdAge, March 2016
  • Financial Times plots website overhaul to uphold the user experience, The Drum, March 2016
  • (German) Nächster Angriff auf Systemebene, HorizonT, March 2016
  • Financial Times plots website overhaul to uphold the user experience, The Drum, March 2016
  • Ad blockers: how online publishing is fighting back, BBC News, February 2016
  • Things Affiliate & Ad-Dependent Publishers Must Consider In The Age Of Mobile, Marketing Land, February 2016
  • (German) “Adblock Action Day” der Verleger: “Adblocking ist wie der Klimawandel”, Heise, February 2016
  • Apple ousts in-app ad blocker from the App Store raising questions over its data-sharing plans, The Drum, January 2016
  • “Is ad blocking good for the consumer?”, WARC, December 2015
  • Advert-Blocking ‘War’: Whose Side Are You On?, Sky News, October 2015
  • Ad Block Apocalypse? Here’s How to Save the Web, Toms Guide, September 2015
  • The Drum Dmexco Highlights: Dr Johnny Ryan, head of ecosystem, PageFair, The Drum September 2015
  • Ad-blocking software threatens growing, critical realm of digital ads, The Globe and Mail, October 2015
  • Ad blocking has grown 41% in the past year and it’s costing publishers tens of billions of dollars, Business Insider, August 2015

Speaking at World Federation of Advertisers Global Marketers Week 2017

Speaking at AdWeek 2016

BBC Click interview

Sky News interview

Drum interview at Dmexco