Johanna Weaver
Tech Policy Design Centre

Professor Johanna Weaver is the founding Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre (TPDC) at the Australian National University.

The Tech Policy Design Centre is reimagining how governance shapes technology. Its mission is to develop fit-for-purpose tech policy frameworks to shape technology for the long-term benefit of humanity. TPDC works to mature the tech-governance ecosystem in collaboration with industry, government, civil society, and academia.

Before joining ANU, Professor Weaver was Australia’s independent expert and lead negotiator on cyber issues at the United Nations. In this role, she engaged with governments, industry, and civil society to shape national and international tech regulation. Earlier, Professor Weaver led the Cyber Affairs Branch at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working closely with Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.

Professor Weaver is a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict. She is also a regular guest lecturer at the Australian National Security College.

Professor Weaver is a reformed commercial litigator and an unapologetic international law nerd. Proudly neurodiverse herself, Professor Weaver is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.


  • Director, ANU Tech Policy Design Centre (2021-present)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict (2021-present)
  • Australia's representative to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace (2018-2021)
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Federal Courts of Australia (2009)

Significant research publications

Related websites

Tech Policy Design Centre website
Professor Johanna Weaver

Research themes

International Law
Law and Technology
Regulatory Law and Policy

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