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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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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

Technology bills can help working families In the News

Technology bills can help working families

Adam Conner discusses how the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act would unlock innovation and benefit New Mexico's economies.

The New Mexican

Adam Conner

How To Regulate Tech: A Technology Policy Framework for Online Services Report
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How To Regulate Tech: A Technology Policy Framework for Online Services

Online services have become an essential and ubiquitous part of American life. This report proposes a new regulatory framework to address existing harms, promote equitable growth, and protect the public interest online.

Erin Simpson, Adam Conner

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.

Miami Herald

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.

Margins

Adam Conner

Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation Report
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Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation

Social media platforms must fundamentally rethink their products to reduce the health risks posed by disinformation and misinformation about the coronavirus crisis.

Erin Simpson, Adam Conner

Digital Contact Tracing To Contain the Coronavirus Article
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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

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