Technologist, Alliance for Securing Democracy

As a member of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) team at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the Technologist serves as ASD’s expert on the intersection of technology and democracy, providing insight and analysis on technology’s positive and negative impact on democratic institutions and processes. The Technologist analyzes how foreign state actors exploit technological tools, in conjunction with other tools and tactics, to undermine democracy; and how technology can be used to defend against the threat of malign foreign interference and strengthen democracy itself.   This position plays a key role in building ASD’s research on artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies; developing recommendations for government and the private sector on tech-related issues that affect democracy; and raising public awareness on foreign state actors’ use of technology to undermine democracies and technological defenses against these threats. The Technologist employs technical and analytical skills, including data science, to investigate new and existing ways emerging technologies affect democracy.   S/he also establishes partnerships with likeminded researchers and organizations, facilitates dialogue and greater connectivity between the policy and technology communities, and presents the information publicly in a manner that is understandable to non-experts.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct technical and analytical research independently and with the support of ASD’s Research Assistants to identify existing and emerging technological trends and threats that affect democracies worldwide
  • Work closely with ASD’s Social Media Analyst and Research Assistants to identify and analyze disinformation trends and threats across tech platforms
  • Publish articles and blog posts and contribute to other public-facing materials for ASD leadership that presents research and policy recommendations
  • Craft recommendations to address technological threats for government and the private sector, provide expert advice to policymakers on these issues, and liaise with tech companies
  • Represent ASD and speak publicly about ASD’s work on these issues at conferences and other events


Minimum Education Level: Master's Degree

  • Master’s degree in computer science or related field, international relations, or public policy with at least some relevant coursework in the other fields
  • Minimum three years working at the intersection of technology and international relations/public policy
  • Technical understanding of emerging technologies, including social media and AI
  • Analytic and communication skills to explain the way emerging technologies affect democratic processes to a variety of audiences and to develop recommendations to address technological threats to democracy
  • Knowledge of the policies tech companies use to govern their work and platforms, and knowledge of U.S./European policies toward the tech sector, including social media, AI, and other emerging technologies
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other analysts to ensure work on technology is folded into a broader understanding of the tools used to undermine democratic institutions
  • Strong English-language written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to contribute meaningfully as a team member to jointly accomplish a task; must respond well to input on work products
Posted: October 16, 2018
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