Director, Technology Policy



Erin Simpson

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Erin Simpson is the director of Technology Policy at American Progress, where she develops policy responses to a range of economic, social, and democratic challenges.

Simpson has advocated for platform accountability and improved technology regulation in the European Union, United Kingdom, and United States. Most recently, she served as the civil society lead for the Computational Propaganda Research Project at the University of Oxford, where she supported international civil and human rights leaders in democratic resilience and strategic responses to disinformation.

Simpson’s policymaking is informed by her earlier work in civic technology. She was the founding director of programs at Civic Hall Labs, a civic tech research and development nonprofit in New York City, and a Microsoft civic tech fellow.

Simpson is a Marshall scholar and a Truman scholar. She received two master’s degrees from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is a proud Wisconsinite.



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