Ryan Budish is an Assistant Research Director at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, where his current research areas include the ethics and governance of Artificial Intelligence with a focus on global governance, corporate and multistakeholder governance, and algorithmic transparency and accountability.
Since joining the Berkman Klein Center in 2011, Ryan has contributed policy and legal analysis to a number of projects and reports, and he has led significant initiatives relating to Internet censorship, corporate transparency about government surveillance, and multistakeholder governance mechanisms. He has worked with national and international organizations on a range of important topics such as contributing to the OECD's development of AI governance principles, the United Nations' creation of a System Wide Action Plan for AI, and the NTIA's review of ICANN's accountability mechanisms. He works closely with staff, fellows, faculty, affiliates, and alumni across the Berkman Klein community, as well as with numerous global partners and collaborators.
Ryan's writing, including pieces on government surveillance and the future of wearable technologies, has been published by The Guardian and The Atlantic. He has discussed his work on panels and in news media around the world.
Prior to arriving at Berkman Klein, Ryan was an associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, in Washington, D.C., where he focused on privacy, media, technology, and health care. Ryan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, based in Cleveland, Ohio. Ryan graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He completed his undergraduate education at Swarthmore College