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Free Expression Policy Counsel / Analyst

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking a Free Expression Policy Counsel/Analyst to work on issues at the intersection of free expression and technology. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work on challenging issues related to free expression in the United States and around the world, including content moderation, intermediary liability, fundamental rights protection, and transparency reporting, as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital copyright, net neutrality, and privacy. The position offers opportunities for growth, including identifying and leading CDT’s work on new and emerging issues. The position is based in CDT’s Washington, DC office (with remote work currently in effect due to COVID-19).

CDT works to preserve freedom of expression and other human rights online through a variety of strategies, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT engages in legislative debates and litigation at the state, national, and regional level in the US and EU; participates in agency rulemaking and other policy development processes, domestically and globally; and works to build best practices with industry and with other civil society advocates. We work to preserve the open Internet as an enabler of individuals’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information, by holding governments and companies accountable for the ways they shape our online environment and seeking to empower individuals and communities. The Free Expression Project’s work spans many subjects, including hate speech, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism, disinformation, voter suppression, and online harassment.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Writing in a variety of formats, including blog posts, advocacy material, white papers, legislative analysis, and amicus briefs;
  • Background research to support the development of CDT’s policy positions and collaboration with other staff on the production of research-based reports and articles;
  • Engagement directly with technology companies to develop best practices and policy recommendations;
  • Outreach to CDT partners and other stakeholders, including coordination of CDT’s Free Speech Working Group meetings;
  • Management of specific projects, including coordination across CDT teams and engagement with external stakeholders;
  • With the Free Expression Project Director, development and execution of advocacy strategy, including identification of short- and long-term advocacy goals; and
  • Representing CDT through public speaking, participation in coalition meetings, and media interviews.

Qualifications include:

  • At least 2-4 years work experience in free expression, information policy, civil liberties, or technology policy;
  • A strong academic record and an advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. law, computer science, information, public policy);
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas: U.S. First Amendment law; E.U., U.S., or other intermediary liability law; international human rights law and free expression; content moderation; automated content analysis/filtering; transparency reporting;
  • Excellent research and writing skills; and
  • An energetic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative working style.


Salary is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and a resume to [email protected].