Christopher Soghoian

Congressional Innovation Fellow, TechCongress

Christopher Soghoian is a 2017 Congressional Innovation Fellow. One of Politico's top "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics," Soghoian is "the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers" (The Economist), "who have risen to prominence by showing how tedious technical flaws can affect ordinary people."

Soghoian was formerly the principal technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to that, he worked as a technologist in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. He is also a visiting fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project and a TED senior fellow.

Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers. He has testified before the German and European parliaments and before state legislatures in Texas, Washington, and Michigan. His research has been cited by several federal and state courts, including the 7th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the state supreme courts of New Jersey and Massachusetts.