Eric Sears

Senior Programme Officer, MacArthur Foundation

Eric established and manages the MacArthur Foundation’s work seeking to strengthen civil liberties and civil rights in the digital age, and address the social implications of machine intelligence through research, policy and practice. He has previously worked at Human Rights First in New York and Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C. where he carried out a range of research and advocacy initiatives. While at Amnesty, Eric launched and managed the organization’s campaign aimed at reforming U.S. counterterrorism policies and helped create the organization’s Crisis Prevention and Response program. Eric is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Saint Louis University.