Neil Chilson is the Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute. His research guides the Institute’s ongoing efforts to understand and promote the legal and cultural frameworks that best enable people to discover, innovate, and improve all of our lives.
Before joining CKI, Neil was the Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, where he focused on the economics of privacy and blockchain- and cryptocurrency-related issues. Previously, he was an attorney advisor to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with Commission staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, or other proceeding at the FTC since January 2014, when he joined her office. Neil joined the FTC from Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he practiced telecommunications law for seven years.
Neil has a J.D. from The George Washington Law School, a M.S. in computer science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in computer science from Harding University.