Brandon Anderson (entrepreneur)

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Brandon Anderson
Alma materGeorgetown University
Known forEntrepreneurship

Brandon D. Anderson is an American sociologist and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of, a chatbot which helps the public monitor police interactions. He was the 2018 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow and is a 2019 TED fellow.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Oklahoma.[1] His mother is a rental car clerk and his father a forklift truck driver.[2][3] He has described his childhood as being "characterised by violence".[4] He was kicked out of his grandparents house as a teenager and made homeless.[5] Anderson ran away with his best friend, with whom he later fell in love.[5] Anderson enlisted in the Army in 2003, where he worked as a satellite engineer.[1][6] In 2007, while Anderson was serving as an engineer in the army overseas, his partner was shot and killed by a police officer during a routine traffic stop.[5][7] Anderson was discharged from the Army once he disclosed his sexuality.[8]

Education and career[edit]

Anderson became a community activist and organiser, earning a degree at Georgetown University in 2015.[5] At Georgetown he studied sociology and philosophy.[6] He served as a Racial Equity Fellow at the Washington, D.C. Center for the Study of Social Policy.[4] Anderson learned that the majority of people don't report negative interactions with police officers because they "do not trust the system".[9]

In 2014 Anderson was awarded money from Fast ForWord and the My Brother's Keeper Challenge to build, a Facebook messenger chatbot that eliminates barriers to reporting police misconduct.[1][10][11] The chatbot allows the public to evaluate police interactions and offers follow-on support for users.[12][13] was inspired by Waze, who, alongside offering navigation information, use user-generated information to inform local government about fill potholes.[11] The chatbot asks questions about recent interactions with the police, anonymises the data that is collected and shares them in real-time to a public dashboard on police performance.[14][15][16] publishes reports about where police are working well and where they are failing communities.[1][17] It aims to reach all fifty states by 2020.[18] With Anderson looks to build the first crowdsourced database of police interactions.[19][20][21]

In 2016 Anderson delivered a TED talk at Georgetown, where he discussed what it means to be vulnerable.[22] He was named as one of the National Black Justice Coalition 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders.[23] Anderson was made an Echoing Green Fellow in 2018.[24][25]


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  17. ^ "Meet the chatbots helping users anonymously report social injustices". VentureBeat. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
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  21. ^ "Gay Man's Software Holds Police Accountable". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  22. ^ TEDx Talks (2016-03-14), Make Space | Brandon Anderson | TEDxGeorgetown, retrieved 2019-02-27
  23. ^ "100 to Watch | National Black Justice Coalition". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  24. ^ "Brandon Anderson". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  25. ^ Echoing Green (2018-06-18), To Live and to Love in a World Free of Police Violence, retrieved 2019-02-27