About

Hi, I’m a writer and researcher focused on the philosophy and ethics of technology. I’m particularly interested in the question of how we can live free and authentic lives in environments of highly persuasive design.

My first book, ‘Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy,’ was recently published by Cambridge University Press as part of the inaugural Nine Dots Prize, which I was honored to have won last year.

Previously, I worked at Google for over ten years, where I received the Founder’s Award, the company’s highest honor, for my work on search advertising. Before that, I earned a master’s in product design engineering and an undergrad in literature.

I’ve also been a member of Balliol College, Oxford; a visiting researcher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; a tutor in the Oxford Computer Science department; and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. I’m also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, an effort that aims to bring the design ethos of our digital technologies into greater alignment with our deeper human interests.

I frequently speak and consult across industry, academic, non-profit, and government contexts, so if you’d like to discuss possible partnerships, please get in touch.