Dipayan Ghosh is a fellow and co-director of the Platform Accountability Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he conducts economic and technology policy research on matters concerning the internet. Previously, Ghosh was a fellow across New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative and the Open Technology Institute, where he focused on public policy issues at the intersection of privacy, security, and civil rights.
A computer scientist and privacy engineer by training, Ghosh joined New America from Facebook, where he was a privacy & public policy advisor. At Facebook, Ghosh helped lead strategic efforts to address public concerns around privacy and other issues in the company’s leading social media products and Internet platforms. He further helped coordinate and develop the company’s public policy positions on matters related to privacy, telecommunications policy, and algorithmic ethics.
Prior to his time at Facebook, Ghosh was a technology policy advisor at the White House during the Obama Administration. Ghosh served across the Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, where he supported the Administration’s work to advance progressive policy initiatives at the heart of the digital economy. Among other efforts, Ghosh supported the Administration’s work to advance policy concerning Big Data’s impact on consumer privacy; algorithmic discrimination and its interaction with civil rights; internet policy including strong net neutrality principles; and spectrum issues.
Ghosh received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering & computer science at Cornell University, and later completed postdoctoral study in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral thesis explores the technical requirements for data privacy in cyber-physical systems, as well as the game theoretic conditions under which corporations and consumers can best be encouraged to adopt strong privacy standards. Ghosh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. In 2016, Forbes Magazine recognized Ghosh as one of the “30 Under 30” leaders in Law & Policy.