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The several hats self-described “longtime nerd” Andrew McLaughlin wears include tech advisor, media executive, and political strategist. Currently a co-founder and partner at Higher Ground Labs, a startup studio that invests in and builds companies that can help progressives win election campaigns and policy debates, he is also a venture partner at betaworks, a technology and media startup studio and seed investor. For five years, McLaughlin was Director of Global Public Policy at Google, leading the company’s work on issues like freedom of expression and censorship, surveillance and law enforcement, privacy, national security, and online child protection.

McLaughlin also has extensive experience in the media industry. He was CEO of two betaworks companies, Digg and Instapaper, led corporate development and business initiatives at Medium, and was Executive Vice President at Tumblr. He is on the board of Chartbeat, a real-time data analytics service for media companies, as well as Access Now, a not-for-profit devoted to defending and extending the digital rights of activists, journalists, and citizens at risk around the world.

His life in politics includes serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer to the Obama administration, in which he was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy. He was a member of the human rights and tech and innovation advisory committees of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and is currently a member of the advisory board of Swing Left, which helped Americans work effectively to flip the U.S. House to a Democratic majority in 2018 and is now looking to the 2020 election.


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