Chris Soghoian

New York, Washington, London, Brussels
June 2011–July 2012

Chris Soghoian is one of the leading privacy activists in the United States. He is currently the Principal Technologist and a Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. He received his PhD from Indiana University in 2012. 

As an Open Society Fellow, Soghoian investigated and wrote about the privacy policies of telecommunications and Internet companies, with specific attention to those policies that compromise the public's right to privacy. In 2009, Soghoian developed a tool for the Firefox web browser that enabled customers to opt out of behavioral advertising from numerous advertisement networks. He also co-created the first prototype for the “Do Not Track” technology now used by three major web browsers. Soghoian also served as the first in-house technologist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, and as a student fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.