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.


Facebook was key to the Trump insurrection In the News

Facebook was key to the Trump insurrection

Author Adam Conner explains how Facebook was an essential tool in Donald Trump's attempts to delegitimize the 2020 election and stoke violence among the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists, and his actions are clear grounds for his permanent removal from the platform.

Adam Conner

Farewell to the Frictionless President In the News

Farewell to the Frictionless President

Adam Conner marks the end of what he describes as a "frictionless" presidency and describes how Donald Trump was able to use Twitter uninhibited, from spreading disinformation to firing Senate-confirmed officials.

Adam Conner

Digital Contact Tracing To Contain the Coronavirus Article
A person wearing a face mask crosses the street in New York City on April 15, 2020. (Getty/Noam Galai)

Digital Contact Tracing To Contain the Coronavirus

Digital contact tracing, if built in a voluntary, privacy-protective way using Apple and Google’s new Bluetooth-based standards, may allow the public to play a role in containing the coronavirus alongside increased testing and manual contact tracing from public health authorities.

Erin Simpson, Adam Conner

The Case for a Progressive Vision on Tech Policy In the News

The Case for a Progressive Vision on Tech Policy

Author Adam Conner makes the case for a progressive approach to technology policy, arguing that the federal government needs to address the mounting risks, challenges, and inequalities that technology has created.

Adam Conner

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