I am a professional keynote speaker with a unique take on how technology impacts our lives, our politics and our future.

I began public-speaking as a competitive student debater in Canada, the US and Ireland. That combative beginning means I’m comfortable in intimidating environments, but nowadays I see speaking as a collaborative and sometimes even magical thing that happens between an audience and a speaker who wants to truly meet and then bring them somewhere new.

I work carefully with clients to understand their audience, context and goals. I’m not a speaker you engage if you just want to hear a pitch for my book, or conventional treatments of tried and trusted topics. If you want a counter-intuitive but ultimately positive take on tech that goes beyond today’s use cases and delves into literature, philosophy and social science, then let’s talk.

I speak to:

  • Business Leaders
  • Technology experts and innovators
  • Think tanks, policymakers and civil society audiences

I speak about:

  • Data and power
  • How the way we visualise the Internet shapes our ability to imagine its future(s)
  • Cybersecurity and geo-politics 
  • Privacy, security and autonomy in an era of ubiquitous computing
  • Using science fiction and storytelling to imagine and build better futures 
  • The Internet naming and numbering systems
  • What feminism can tell us about technology and change

To engage me for a speaking event, please email me.


Bristol Festival of Economics: Cryptocurrencies and the Future of Money

Bristol, 2022

Writer and tech critic Maria Farrell chaired a discussion with digital evangelist Dinis Guarda; John Turner and Will Quinn, authors of Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles; and Jillian C. York, Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the author of Silicon Values.

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RTE Radio “Sunday Miscellany”

“Crimea”, Dublin, 2022

“In September 2005 I flew with a group of academics and journalists to Sevastopol, Crimea. After the heady buzz of Kyiv, whose Orange Revolution had just set Ukraine on course to a European future, Sevastopol was a time capsule of the Soviet past.”

A story of Yalta’s winding, honey-suckle lanes, some wedding crashers, and how Anna Akhmatova’s poetry of Stalin’s Terror holds a powerful truth for today.


Brussels, 2019

Twentieth anniversary keynote: 

Europe’s ‘Internet of Values’


Dublin, 2019 

This is your phone on feminism

European Forum Alpbach

Austria, 2019

Keynote: The Spy in Your Pocket

Tallinn Summer School of Cyber Diplomacy, 2019

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NATO, Estonia

Internet Governance and Geopolitics; How storytelling teaches you to read them

40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners 

European Parliament Hemicycle, Brussels 

Scene-setter: Is technology designed to serve humankind? 


Ely Cathedral

Cambridgeshire, 2019

Cybersecurity and Ethics: Just a way of avoiding talking about power?


Dublin Information Security Summit

RDS, Dublin

Brexit, GDPR and what it means for Ireland 

Password 2018

Tallinn, Estonia 

Keynote: The Internet versus Everyone Else

Royal Institute

London, 2018

Welcome to the Data-Verse; you can opt-out, but never leave

Nine Dots Prize

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

University of Cambridge, 2018



London, 2018

Building a human-centric future Internet

Arnes, 25th Anniversary

Ljublana, Slovenia, 2017 

Keynote: Technology, Power and Human Nature; How the Internet of Things is Changing Public and Private Spaces 


The Royal Society 

London, 2017 

The Internet of Things and our Political Imagination 


The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Chatham House, London, 2017 

How the Internet of Things is changing power relations between citizens, the private sector and the state

British Council

London, 2017 

Cyber security as an enabler for civil society 

TNC Géant

Prague, 2016

Keynote: Winners and Losers in the Internet of Things, and What We Can Do About It