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Mr Neil Brown LLB, LLM, solicitor

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Mr Neil Brown is PhD candidate within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

Neil Brown is an expert lawyer and academic, exploring the regulation of communications. He has particular expertise in Internet and communications regulation and policy, privacy and security, and alternative intellectual property strategies promoting the sharing of knowledge.

Neil takes a grounded and yet innovative, practical approach to complex questions of law and technology, and has a sound technical and practical knowledge in a wide range of fields relating to communications and digital technology. He enjoys speaking, teaching and presenting, and often entertains both technical and legal audiences.

Neil is an associate lecturer with the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy, and has taught communications regulation to regulators and policy makers, government officials and lawyers from over 20 countries.

He is senior counsel to Vodafone, on matters of communications regulation, and sits on the Law Society's Technology and Law Reference Group, and the Society for Computers and Law’s media board.

Research interests

Communications regulation, particularly regulation of over the top communications services.

PhD research:

Regulation of over the top communications services, supervised by Professors Ian Lloyd and David Mellor OBE, funded by a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship, and a scholarship from the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy.

Research group

The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS)

Neil sits on the Law Society's Technology and Law Reference Group, and the Society for Computers and Law’s media board.

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2013: “FOSS in Business”, a chapter in OUP publication "Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice”

2013: “Kickstarter: crowdsourcing, commitments and consumer protection” (Society for Computers and Law, February 2013)

2013: “A Decentralised Approach to Online Trust Validation?”, Computer Law Review International (CRI 2013, 1-7)

2010: “iPad - harbinger of the public domain?” (Society for Computers and Law, August 2010)

2010: “GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0: obligations to include licence text, and provide source code” (International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, Volume 2, Issue 1)

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