Andrew McLaughlin is a nerd who geeks out on the Internet, startups, politics, law, government, public policy, and civic tech. He is a big fan of free speech, technological innovation, government reform, robust democratic institutions, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, individual freedom, social justice, rule of law, fairness, opportunity, responsibility, economic growth, environmental protection, affordable health insurance, tolerance, reason, open source software, distributed architectures, clean UIs, Lisa Simpson, power pop, libraries, and Star Wars.
Andrew is a venture partner at betaworks, a technology and media startup studio and seed investor based in NYC. As a partner at betaworks from 2012-2016, Andrew was an operator, a company and product builder, a business strategist, and an early-stage tech investor. He served as CEO of two betaworks companies, Digg and Instapaper, and in 2016 worked at Medium, leading a set of teams including corporate development, new business initiatives, editorial, outreach, international, and enterprise services. Since 2012, Andrew has served on the board of Chartbeat, a real-time data analytics service.
Andrew chairs the board of Access Now, a not-for-profit devoted to defending and extending the digital rights of activists, journalists, and citizens at risk around the world. He is a director of Public Knowledge, which promotes freedom of expression, an open Internet, and a vibrant public domain.
Andrew is a member of the Partnership for New York City Innovation Council. He supports New York Public Radio as a member of its Digital Task Force. He is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation; an advisor to Data & Society, a research institute focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development; a member of the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund; and a co-chair of the digital strategy committee of the Brooklyn Public Library.
From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama's senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cybersecurity, online privacy and free speech, spectrum policy, federal R&D priorities, entrepreneurship, and the creation of open technology standards and platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education. In 2008-2009, he served on the Obama/Biden presidential transition team, as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform cluster.
Andrew served on the boards of Code for America (2011-13) and the Sunlight Foundation, (2011-2016). In 2014-15, he was a senior fellow in cybersecurity and Internet governance at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs; in 2011-12, he was a non-resident fellow at Stanford Law's Center for Internet & Society and at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2011-12, Andrew was a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, teaching a course on "Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World". In 2011-13, Andrew was a member of the Commission on Innovation of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors.
From 2011-2012, Andrew was EVP of Tumblr, responsible for the international, community, outreach, editorial, marketing, and support teams.
From 2004-2009, Andrew was Director of Global Public Policy at Google, leading the company's work on issues like freedom of expression and censorship, surveillance and law enforcement, privacy, copyrights and trademarks, regulation of Internet and telecommunications networks, wireless radio spectrum, national security, trade policy, patent reform, and online child protection. Andrew built and managed a 50-person worldwide team based in Brussels, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Dublin, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Sydney, Ottawa, Washington, and San Francisco. Andrew was a co-lead on Google's Africa strategy and operations.
From 1999-2003, Andrew helped launch, establish, and manage ICANN, the Internet's technical coordinating organization, serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. From 1998-2005, Andrew was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2002-2003, Andrew taught a course on digital democracy at Harvard Law School while working on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He was a co-founder of CIPESA, a technology policy think-tank and advocacy center based at Makerere University in Uganda. Andrew served as a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges.org, an international technology policy not-for-profit based in Cape Town.
After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Andrew started his career as a lawyer at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., where he focused on appellate and constitutional litigation. He was a member of the legal team that challenged the U.S. government's first Internet censorship law, resulting in the Supreme Court's landmark 1997 Internet free speech ruling in Reno vs. ACLU. From 1997-98, Andrew served as legal counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2000, Time Magazine named Andrew one of its Digital Dozen for the new century. In 2001, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a fellow of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations.
Growing up, Andrew attended Highland Elementary School in Sylvania, Ohio; Widsten Elementary School in Wayzata, Minnesota; Longfellow Elementary School and Ben Franklin Junior High School in Fargo, North Dakota; the American Community School in Cobham, Surrey, UK; and Neil A. Armstrong Senior High School in Plymouth, Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1987. Over various summers, he attended the Trollwood Performing Arts School in Fargo, the International Music Camp in Dunseith, North Dakota, and the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth in St. Paul, at which point he had to start working lame summer jobs at places like the Sheraton Park Place Hotel, Dayton's Department Store, and the kitchen of the celebrated Red Lobster of Golden Valley.