Vice President, Technology Policy


Adam Conner

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Adam Conner is the vice president for Technology Policy at American Progress. He leads the newly created Technology Policy team as its inaugural vice president with a focus on building a progressive technology policy platform and agenda.

Conner has spent the past 15 years working at the intersection of technology, politics, policy, and elections as the first Washington, D.C., employee for several Silicon Valley companies. He was a spring 2018 resident fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics, where he led a study group titled, “Platforms, Networks, and New Power Technology’s Impact on Politics, Policy, and Elections,” which focused on the rise of technology companies and their effect on politics and democracy.

Most recently, Conner was the first Washington employee for Slack Technologies, the fast-growing workplace communications startup, leading their engagement with federal, state, and local governments. Prior to that, Conner was vice president of Brigade, a civic engagement platform co-founded by Sean Parker.

In 2007, Conner founded Facebook’s Washington office. He spent seven years on the Facebook Privacy and Public Policy team, where he created the company’s government and political outreach efforts and directed the company’s election efforts. His congressional and campaign experience includes the U.S. House Committee on Rules, former Gov. Mark Warner’s (D-VA) Forward Together PAC, and John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Conner is a graduate of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and serves on the university’s board of trustees. He is also on the board of the Roosevelt Institute. He hails from Los Alamos, New Mexico.


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CAP Highlights Strengths and Needed Clarifications in Comments to OMB AI Guidance Article

CAP Highlights Strengths and Needed Clarifications in Comments to OMB AI Guidance

CAP applauds the draft Office of Management and Budget AI guidance for adopting principles of the AI Bill of Rights and outlining critical safety-affecting and rights-affecting AI use cases and calls for additional clarity and transparency for federal government use of AI.

Adam Conner

Priorities for a National AI Strategy Article

Priorities for a National AI Strategy

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy emphasizing that the U.S. government must strike a balance between the innumerable opportunities of artificial intelligence to enhance the lives of the American people and the significant risks it poses to their livelihoods.

Megan Shahi, Adam Conner

Developing Accountability Mechanisms for AI Systems Is Critical to the Development of Trustworthy AI Article

Developing Accountability Mechanisms for AI Systems Is Critical to the Development of Trustworthy AI

CAP submitted comments on how the National Telecommunications and Information Administration should develop a national framework for AI accountability to address the unmitigated risks of artificial intelligence and ensure that all AI technology is developed and deployed in safe and trustworthy ways.

Adam Conner, Megan Shahi, Ashleigh Maciolek, 1 More Ben Olinsky

The Dangers of a Twitter Bankruptcy or Acquisition Article
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The Dangers of a Twitter Bankruptcy or Acquisition

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is financially precarious, and his need for cash could result in bankruptcy—a sale that could reinforce existing Big Tech companies or open up access to sensitive data.

Adam Conner

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