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Eric Sears

Associate Director, Technology in the Public Interest

Eric Sears


Eric leads MacArthur’s work focused on advancing technology in the public interest. This includes grantmaking seeking to strengthen civil liberties in the digital age and building the ecosystem of organization’s addressing the social and rights-based implications of machine intelligence through research, policy and practice.

He has previously worked at Human Rights First in New York and Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C. where he carried out a range of research and advocacy initiatives. While at Amnesty, Eric launched and managed the organization’s campaign aimed at reforming U.S. counterterrorism policies and helped create the organization’s Crisis Prevention and Response program.

Eric is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Partnership on Artificial Intelligence and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and the Future of Trust Network. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Saint Louis University.

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