Brittan Heller

Democracy and Technology Fellow, The Atlantic Council


Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology and human rights. She advises tech companies, investors, and governments on integrating public safety and freedom of expression.

Heller is a Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Democracy and Technology, with a focus on XR. She was an inaugural AI and Technology Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, studying human rights and immersive technology. She formerly was Counsel in Global Business and Human Rights at Foley Hoag LLP.

Heller previously founded the Center for Technology and Society. She created award-winning technology, like AI to study hate speech and VR/AR to positively impact minority communities. Additionally, Heller prosecuted genocide and war crimes for U.S. Department of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Heller also studies online harms in a global context. She was on steering committee of the Trans-Atlantic Working Group on Disinformation, Hate Speech, and AI. She publishes extensively on these topics and previously initiated landmark anti-cyberharassment litigation.

Heller is a graduate of Yale Law School and Stanford University. She is a Luce Scholar, a Truman National Security Scholar, a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Jeopardy! champion.

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