Erin Simpson is a program officer with the Technology and Society program. She works to challenge the uneven benefits and harmful impacts arising from digital technologies and advance technology governance that supports economic and social justice and free expression, particularly for those experiencing persistent discrimination.
Previously, Erin was the director of technology policy at the Center for American Progress, where her work addressed a range of economic, social, and democratic challenges arising from unaccountable concentration of informational power. In 2022, she was a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, where she taught a seminar on the U.S. disinformation phenomenon.
Prior to that, Erin worked with the Computational Propaganda Research Project at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where she supported international civil and human rights leaders in democratic resilience and strategic responses to disinformation. Earlier in her career, she was the founding director of programs at Civic Hall Labs, a civic tech research and development nonprofit in New York, and a Microsoft Civic Tech fellow.
Erin is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar. She holds two master of science degrees from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.