Technology Fellow

New York, New York

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about 1 month ago

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The ACLU seeks applicants for a full-time position of Technology Fellowamp;nbsp;in the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project of the ACLU's National office in New York, NY or San Francisco, CA.

The Speech, Privacy and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The project is currently litigating cases and conducting other advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists' rights, scientific and academic freedom, openness in the courts, privacy rights at the border, and the impact of big data and algorithmic decision-making.

Reporting to the Project Director, the Technology Fellow will be responsible for staying abreast of technological developments that have potential consequences for civil liberties, identifying new and emerging civil liberties concerns, and advising ACLU staff on technological matters. This will include providing support to ACLU affiliates on technology issues in specific states or regions. ACLU technologists have worked closely with litigators on cases involving surveillance and encryption, and have been key spokespeople for the ACLU on issues of technology in the press and in ACLU publications.


  • Monitor technologies and technological developments that have potential consequences for civil liberties
  • Collaborate to devise organizational strategies and responses to issues relating to technology and civil liberties
  • Build and maintain links between the ACLU and technology communities
  • Connect ACLU staff with outside experts when necessary
  • Serve as a resource to ACLU litigators, policy and legislative staff, and others on technological matters. This includes working with ACLU staff in other projects on algorithmic discrimination and related issues
  • Educate the public about technology and civil liberties issues through blog posts, social media, white papers, and media appearances


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • Research or employment experience related to the impact of technology and technological developments on civil liberties
  • Strong communications skills, especially the ability to communicate complex technical issues to ACLU staff and the general public
  • The ability to identify, follow and understand technical issues relating to computers, the Internet, surveillance, and the implications for civil liberties
  • The ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., engineering, computer science)

For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it's ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mailamp;nbsp;;nbsp; If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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