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Policy Counsel/Analyst, Free Expression Project

Status: Open

Organisation: Center for Democracy & Technology

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Washington, DC

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking an enthusiastic advocate to join their team working on issues at the intersection of free expression and technology. This role is ideal for early-career professionals with a background in law (Policy Counsel position) or other advanced degree (Policy Analyst position), and offers opportunities for professional development and increasing levels of responsibility.

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, disinformation, hate speech, terrorist propaganda, fundamental rights protection, and transparency reporting, as well as cross-cutting issues such as surveillance, encryption, voter suppression, machine learning and algorithmic decision making, and privacy. 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.


This position will report to the Director of the Free Expression Project and work closely with the Director and Deputy Director of the Free Expression Project. Key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting in-depth legal, policy and legislative research and analysis and developing policy recommendations;
  • Drafting legal and advocacy documents such as policy papers, research reports, blog posts, press releases, testimony, agency comments, and legal briefs and memoranda;
  • Advocating before executive branch and legislative policymakers;
  • Engaging directly with technology companies to develop best practices and policy recommendations;
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other advocates, academics, policymakers, technologists, companies, and communities; and
  • Representing CDT through public speaking, participation in coalition meetings, and media interviews.


An ideal candidate would have:

  • Between 1 and 3 years of work experience in legal or policy positions relating to free expression, information policy, civil liberties, or technology policy;
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. law, computer science, information, public policy);
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: U.S. First Amendment law; E.U. or U.S. intermediary liability law; international human rights law and free expression; content moderation; automated content analysis/filtering; transparency reporting;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Familiarity with technical concepts related to the Internet, freedom of expression, and content moderation; and
  • An energetic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative working style.

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