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Neil Chilson

Neil Chilson

Senior Research Fellow for Tech and Innovation

Stand Together

Neil Chilson is a senior research fellow for technology and innovation at Stand Together Trust where he spearheads the Trust’s efforts to foster an environment that encourages innovation and the individual and societal progress it makes possible. He is also author of the book, Getting Out of Control: Emergent Leadership in a Complex World.

Prior to joining STT, Chilson was the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) chief technologist. In this capacity, he focused on understanding the economics of privacy, convening a workshop on informational injury, and establishing the FTC’s Blockchain Working Group, among other things. Prior to his appointment, Chilson was an adviser to then-Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with commission staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, and proceeding. Chilson practiced telecommunications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP before joining the FTC in January 2014.

Chilson is a regular contributor to multiple news outlets, including the Washington PostUSA TodaySeattle Times, and Morning Consult.

Chilson holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harding University.

Recent Events and Presentations

February 28, 2023

Can Regulators Handle the Mastodons of the World?

Watch ITIF's Center for Data Innovation's discussion on the challenges policymakers face in applying existing laws and regulations to decentralized online services.

May 22, 2018

Accountability in the Algorithmic Economy

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a presentation of its new report and a panel discussion on how policymakers can hold algorithms accountable while accelerating adoption of AI.

October 4, 2016

The FCC’s Sprint to a Broadband Privacy Rulemaking: Discounts for Data, the Ninth Circuit Decision, and What Comes Next

Join ITIF to discuss the latest wrinkles in the FCC privacy debate and where policymakers should go from here.

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