Joshua Simons

Joshua Simons

Postdoctoral Fellow
Joshua Simons
Josh Simons is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Democracy at the Carr Centre for Human Rights and the Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics, Harvard University. Josh’s first book, Citizen Rule: Democracy in the Age of Machine Learning, is due in Summer 2022, based on his PhD dissertation in political theory at Harvard, which received the American Political Science Association (APSA) prize for the best dissertation in Information Technology and Politics. His research explores the political character of predictive tools like AI and machine learning and how those tools should be governed to support the flourishing of democracy. He focuses on two areas of law and policy: equality and civil rights law, and the regulation of technology companies through anti-monopoly and public law, and has written widely on equality and discrimination, platform regulation, privacy and digital rights, and public understanding of technology. Josh has worked as a Visiting Research Scientist in AI at Facebook, helping to develop processes and frameworks for building machine learning systems responsibly; a Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge University, and the Institute for the Future of Work in the UK; a US-India Technology Policy Fellow at New America; and as a candidate for the Labour Party and policy advisor in the UK Parliament.