Design Your Future

Technology and Policy Pathways

Through a series of four synchronous conversations, students will gain exposure to professionals working at the intersection of technology and policy.

Schedule: January 4, 6, 11, & 13, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
Delivery Method: Synchronous
Team Leads: Jeff Harris, Matt Perault, JD

Conversations will explore different thematic areas of relevance in tech policy right now including privacy, antitrust, online content and global competition between the U.S. and China. Additionally, students will learn from practitioners about various career paths and professional opportunities in technology policy.

Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris is the Director of Duke in DC and the Associate Director of Government Relations. Prior to joining Duke, Jeff spent six years at the Aspen Institute, where most recently he was the senior manager for Public Affairs and Policy Program Communications. Before the Aspen Institute, Jeff worked for President Obama’s first Inaugural Committee, the Center for American Progress, and various state and national political campaigns. He is a 2007 Duke Public Policy graduate and earned a Master’s in Public Management degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.

Matt Perault

Matt Perault is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Director of the Center for Science & Technology Policy, and a Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. Matt hosts a tech policy podcast called, “TBD: Technology By Design”.

Matt served as a director of public policy at Facebook. He led the company’s global public policy planning efforts on issues such as competition, law enforcement, and human rights and oversaw public policy for WhatsApp, Oculus, and Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University.

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