AI Research Fellow


Jackie Akello joins RIA as an AI Research Fellow. Jackie is a lawyer who specialises in technology law. Her interest in tech particularly lies at the intersection between technology, human rights, and the law, and she conducts research on digital governance, policy, and regulation that facilitates evidence-based and informed policymaking for digital technologies. She is currently a fellow of the international human rights organisation, Article 19, on the Internet of Rights Fellowship Program where she is being equipped with skills and tools to carry out long-term engagement in setting technical policies and standards that define the global internet.

She previously worked at the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University where she developed the Africa ICT Policy Manual, a resource that contains a CASEDATA data model that sets a standard for the publishing of digital rights laws by African governments. Jackie has also worked with other organisations in the tech space such as Lawyers Hub Kenya, Paradigm Initiative, and the Internet Society, where she conducted empirical analysis and legal research in the areas of digital rights, AI, data governance, and privacy. She was a Fellow of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN 73) where she engaged with various aspects of ICANN’s work such as policymaking, the operation of the domain name system, and the security and stability of the global internet. In 2020, she was selected by the Internet Society (ISOC) as one of the 2020 IGF Youth Ambassadors where she gained collaborative skills and knowledge on internet governance issues, including the global policymaking process.