Neil Chilson

Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation

Charles Koch Institute

Neil Chilson is a Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute. In this position, he will help spearhead the Institute’s continued efforts to foster an environment that encourages innovation and the individual and societal progress it makes possible.

Mr. Chilson was appointed the Federal Trade Commision’s (FTC) acting chief technologist in July 2017. His work focused on understanding the economics of privacy, convening a workshop on informational injury, and establishing the FTC’s Blockchain Working Group, among other things. Prior to his appointment, he was an advisor to then-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 since January 2014, when he joined her office. Before he joined the FTC, Mr. Chilson practiced telecommunications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.

Mr. Chilson holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harding University.