Neil Chilson is the Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute. His research guides the Institute’s ongoing efforts to promote digital free speech and free association, to lower and eliminate barriers to innovation, and to foster a culture that welcomes innovation as the best way to improve individual and societal well-being.
Before joining CKI, Neil was the Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. His work focused on understanding the economics of privacy, convening a workshop on informational injury, and establishing the FTC’s Blockchain Working Group, among other things. Prior to his appointment, he was an advisor to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with Commission staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, or other proceeding since January 2014, when he joined her office. Neil joined the FTC from Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he advised clients on telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity, and other matters.
Neil has a J.D. from The George Washington Law School, a M.S. in computer science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in computer science from Harding University.