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Sean McDonald / @seanmmcdonald

Co-founder, Digital Public

Sean Martin McDonald is the co-founder of Digital Public, which builds legal trusts to protect and govern digital assets, and a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He is a lawyer and the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning global technology social enterprise, a fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology, a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab and a former affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center. Sean is an adviser to Digital Democracy and the IEEE’s Ethics and AI Committee and a researcher and writer whose work has been published by the International Review of the Red Cross, Foreign Policy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Cornell’s Legal Informatics Institute, IRIN and Innovations, to name a few. He holds a JD/MA from American University, with specialization in international law and alternative dispute resolution, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Sean’s research focuses on civic data trusts as vehicles that embed public interest governance into digital relationships and markets

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