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Stanley Shanapinda

Research Fellow, La Trobe University

Dr. Stanley Shanapinda, LL.B (UNAM, Namibia); Master of Management ICT Policy and Regulation (Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa); PhD Computer Science (UNSW Sydney). Stanley has over 15 years of experience in the communications sector. Stanley's research focuses on ICT policy and regulation; cybersecurity governance; digital transformation and digital disruption; metadata access and use for digital services, law enforcement and security; location information access and use for digital services, law enforcement and security; data protection, privacy and human rights; hybrid threats; big data; telecommunications law and policy.


  • –present
    Research fellow, La Trobe University
  • 2014–2018
    Research Candidate, UNSW Sydney
  • 2018–2018
    Research Fellow, Wits University, Johannesburg
  • 2015–2018
    Journal Assistant, Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective - Taylor & Francis Group
  • 2017–2018
    Research Fellow and Lecturer, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) Rio Brazil
  • 2011–2014
    CEO, Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia
  • 2007–2010
    Head: Legal, Telecom Namibia Limited


  • 2018 
    UNSW Sydney, Ph.D. Computer Science
  • 2013 
    Wits University, Johannesburg, Master of Management ICT PR
  • 2005 
    Justice Training Centre, Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia
  • 2002 
    B. Juris, LL.B, UNAM


  • 2020
    Advance Metadata Fair, Springer. Law, Governance and Technology. ISBN 978-3-030-50254-6 Series.
  • 2019
    Asymmetry in South Africa’s regulation of customer data protection: Unequal treatment between mobile network operators (MNOs) and over-the-top (OTT) providers., The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), Issue 23.
  • 2019
    Chapter: ‘Habilitando a Localização de Dados para Cidades Inteligentes: Explorando os Regimes de Proteção e Retenção de Metadados no Brasil’ [trans of: Enabling Data Location for Smart Cities: Exploring the Metadata Protection and Retention Regime in Brazil], in Jhessica Reia, Pedro Augusto P. Francisco, Marina Barros and Eduardo Magrani (eds) ‘Horizonte presente: Debates de tecnologia e sociedade’ Publisher: Letramento, 2018 [trans of: Present Horizons: Debates on Technology and Society].
  • 2018
    Privacy versus the Use of Location Information for Law Enforcement and Security in Australia, Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Vol 6 No 4 (2018)
  • 2016
    Retention and disclosure of location information and location identifiers’, 4(4) Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy 251
  • 2015
    Regulatory Effectiveness: Namibia's Communications Regulatory Framework, SSRN: or
  • 2015
    Regulatory Effectiveness: Stakeholder Perceptions of Namibia’s Communications Regulatory Framework, The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), Issue 14.
  • 2010
    Constitutionality of Contempt of Court - Media freedom of speech: The Constitutional Challenge of the Common Law Crime of Contempt of Court-The media, freedom of speech and expression, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (July 29, 2010). ISBN-10: 9783838365985 <>

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Namibia
  • Tel Soc t/a the Telecommunications Association Inc.
  • Australian Information Security Association

Research Areas

  • Pattern Recognition And Data Mining (080109)
  • Mobile Technologies (080502)
  • Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy (160511)
  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Law Not Elsewhere Classified (180199)
  • Computer System Security (080303)
  • Communications Technologies Not Elsewhere Classified (100599)