Areeq Chowdhury is the founder and director of the think tank, WebRoots Democracy, which is focused on progressive and inclusive technology policy. He founded the organisation in 2014, at the age of 21, and it has since become an influential policy voice in the UK, known for its research, advocacy, and events.
Born and brought up in Manchester, Areeq studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham where he began researching the relationship between the internet and democracy. His career history includes working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; London City Hall; the UK Parliament; KPMG; and Future Advocacy.
Areeq has written reports on electronic voting, social media regulation, and digital health, as well as op-eds for the New Statesman; the Telegraph; Media Diversified; the Fabian Review; and Chatham House. He regularly contributes to discussions in print and broadcast media on topics related to democracy, technology, and artificial intelligence.
Areeq is a Fellow at Newspeak House and the Royal Society for Arts. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from BPP University and is a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner.