Josh Simons is a final-year PhD candidate in government at Harvard University, and a former fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics, where he co-led a major initiative in Political Economy and Justice, and the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society. He has worked as a Visiting Research Scientist at Facebook, helping to implement processes and frameworks for building machine learning systems responsibly; a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future of Work, where he has been a member of the Equality Task Force on AI; a US-India Technology Policy Fellow at New America; and as a policy advisor for the Labour Party in the UK Parliament.
Josh is currently finishing up his dissertation which explores why and in what sense the use of statistics in decision-making is political, then considers the implications for how we govern data-driven decision-making technologies like machine learning. He focuses on two areas of law, policy and governance: equality and civil rights law, and the regulation of technology companies through anti-trust and public utility law. Josh has published widely on platform regulation, privacy and digital rights, and public understanding of technology.
with Talia B. Gillis, Explanation < Justification: GDPR and the Perils of Privacy
Research Assistant, Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy
October 2020 - Present