Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla, working to advance the open internet through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Chris manages the global Mozilla public policy team and its active engagements in Washington, Brussels, New Delhi, and around the world. Chris works on all things internet policy, motivated by the belief that an open, disruptive internet delivers tremendous socioeconomic benefits, and that if we as a global society don’t work to protect and preserve the internet’s core features, those benefits will go away. The internet ecosystem isn’t perfect – but we have to be smart in how we address its problems while continuing to invest in its strengths. Getting internet policy right is crucial for that future.
Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, where he worked as a research and teaching assistant and an instructor, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, taking internships at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the law firm Ropes & Gray. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.