Ben Scott (policy advisor)

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Ben Scott
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Ben Scott at a United Nations conference in Geneva, June 2011
BornMay 14, 1977
EducationNorthwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
OccupationSenior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute
EmployerNew America Foundation

Ben Scott is a Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.[1] and a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. Previously, he was a Policy Advisor for Innovation at the US Department of State where he worked at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. In a small team of advisors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he worked to help steward the 21st Century Statecraft agenda with a focus on technology policy, social media and development.[citation needed]


Scott grew up in Canyon, Texas. Scott is a 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois Laboratory High School. Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University. In 2010 he received his Doctorate from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Scott has worked as a legislative telecommunications policy fellow for Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and as the Policy Director for Free Press, a national media reform organization. While at Free Press Ben lead a number of initiatives and was described as a "driving force for 'net neutrality.'"[2] While at Free Press, his expertise was often sought by the press and Ben would regularly called on to testify before the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.[citation needed]

In May, 2010 Scott left Free Press to become Policy Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. State Department.[3] He was part of a small team of advisors to the Secretary of State and has been described as a key player working towards 21st Century Statecraft.[citation needed]




  • 2011: Alec Ross and Ben Scott. 21st Century Statecraft. NATO Review.[4]
  • 2006: Sascha Meinrath and Ben Scott. Community Internet: Why Should Arts and Culture Funders Care. Grantmakers in the Arts Reader.
  • 2003: Ben Scott and Sascha Meinrath. Media Reform Explodes onto American Political Scene. Public i. Vol. 3(10).


  1. ^ "Ben Scott". New America Foundation. New America. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ Kang, Cecilia (March 28, 2008). "Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ Eggerton, John. "Free Press' Ben Scott Exits For State Department Post". Broadcasting and Cable. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  4. ^ Ross, Alec; Ben Scott (2011). "21st Century Statecraft". NATO Review. Retrieved 17 November 2011.

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