David Morar, PhD, is a researcher and public policy professional, a three time ICANN Fellow, who has done work throughout the spectrum of technology policy issues, both nationally and internationally, on privacy, platforms, ethics, AI and more.
Dr. Morar is currently a Senior Policy Analyst with New America’s Open Technology Institute, a visiting scholar at the Schar School of Policy and Government, and a Fellow at the Digital Interests Lab.
As well, he holds appointments as Visiting Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute, Visiting Professor at FGV Center for Technology and Society, and an Affiliate with the UNC Center for Information Technology and the Public Life.
He is also an Associate Researcher at the Big Data Science Laboratory at the West University of Timisoara, Romania and a Researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in Public Policy, Governance at Paraiba State University, Brazil.
His research and writing focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, and society, specifically on emerging technologies, innovation, and governance, with both breadth and depth. He has experience with grant-making, and has both an academic and popular press publication record. His dissertation looked at novel governance structures, in particular multistakeholderism and its application to emerging technologies, with case studies on Internet Governance institutions (such as ICANN, IGF and IETF).
Most recently he was Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Steinhardt, Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, with the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, and a Policy Manager focusing on disinformation and data science ethics with Data for Democracy. Before that, he has been a Google Policy Fellow with the Global Network Initiative and the Internet Education Foundation, among other fellowship positions.
Dr. Morar has served a full term on the Policy Council (the Board) of the Association for Public Policy and Management, and on the Executive Committee of the Information Technology and Politics of the American Political Science Association, and is currently serving a term on the Executive Committee of the ICANN Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Communication Technology, has served on several Conference Program Committees, and was a reviewer for the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review among other academic peer reviewed journals. He has published op-eds on privacy (San Francisco Examiner) content moderation (Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, TechDirt, Barron’s, Context, Lawfare) data governance (San Francisco Chronicle), and has written commentary for various outlets at the Brookings Institution, and TechPolicyPress.