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.

Latest by Erin Simpson

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