Policy Counsel and Director, CDT-SF
Gautam Hans is Policy Counsel and Director of CDT-SF, promoting CDT’s presence on the West Coast as a leader in technology policy and advocacy. He works on digital civil liberties policy, outreach, and advocacy, with a particular focus on privacy, security, and free speech.
In California, Gautam covers topics including privacy and security for startups; state level regulatory and legislative proposals; the regulation and enforcement of technology companies; and free speech and content issues. He also works with CDT’s West Coast partners, speaks frequently at conferences and academic institutions, and collaborates on local events and other programming.
Gautam joined CDT in 2012 as the Ron Plesser Fellow, focusing on consumer privacy issues and their intersection with other CDT projects. While in graduate school, Gautam interned at the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.
In 2006, Gautam earned his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He then worked as an Editorial Assistant at the Knopf Group of Random House. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and worked as a student attorney in the Michigan Clinical Law Program and the Entrepreneurship Clinic. In 2012, Gautam earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information. He is a member of the Maryland bar.