Adam Tanner is a veteran foreign correspondent and public speaker and one of America's leading experts on privacy and the commercialization of personal data.

He is an associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, where he has been a fellow and associate since 2011. 

He served as a Reuters news agency correspondent from 1995-2011, including as bureau chief for the Balkans (2008-2011), San Francisco bureau chief (2003-2008), and correspondent in Berlin, Moscow and Washington D.C. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, the BBC and VOA, written for magazines including Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune, MIT Technology Review and Slate.

He lectures frequently at universities, public forums and on cruise ships, often on the  West's impact on the rest of the world through colonialism, empire and trade, across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.