Ashkan Soltani is a researcher focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics, currently serving as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission. His work draws attention to privacy problems online, demystifies technology for the non-technically inclined, and provides data-driven insights to help inform policy.
Ashkan was recognized as part of the 2014 Pulitzer winning team for his contributions to the Washington Post's coverage of the Snowden Files. He has previously served as staff technologist in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission and was the primary technical consultant on the Wall Street Journal's "What They Know" investigative series. Ashkan has also appeared on several major media programs, including CBS's 60 Minutes, PBS's Frontline, and National Public Radio.