Ben Scott

Senior Advisor, Open Technology Institute

Ben Scott is Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at New America and director of the European Digital Agenda program at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. Previously, he was Policy Adviser for Innovation at the US Department of State where he worked at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. In a small team of advisers to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he worked to help steward the 21'st Century Statecraft agenda with a focus on technology policy, social media and development.

Prior to joining the State Department, for six years he led the Washington office for Free Press, the largest non-profit organization in the US dealing exclusively with media and communications policy. As policy director for Free Press, he headed a team of lawyers, researchers, and advocates, and directed a public interest policy agenda to expand affordable access to an open Internet and to foster more public service journalism. He was frequently called as an expert witness before the US Congress.

Before joining Free Press, he worked as a legislative aide handling telecommunications policy for then-Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a PhD in communications from the University of Illinois.

All Work

Collaborative Policy Development

Ben Scott argues that the civic enterprise model of engagement can truly connect government to citizens and policy to action.

Rethinking the Think Tank

Reinventing the way policymakers connect with citizens? All in a day’s work for Anne-Marie Slaughter and Ben Scott, who are reimagining how

From Think Tanks to Civic Enterprises

The recent article written by Anne-Marie Slaughter and Ben Scott of New America is referenced in a new Washington Monthly article about the

Rethinking the Think Tank

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Ben Scott on why Washington’s stuffiest institutions need to reconnect with America.

Measuring TV 'White Space' Available for Unlicensed Wireless Broadband

The transition to digital television offers a new and important opportunity to take advantage of an underutilized public resource.