Areeq Chowdhury is the founder of the think tank WebRoots Democracy which explores the intersection of technology and democratic participation. He’s also Head of Think Tank at Future Advocacy focusing on the social, economic, and political impact of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.

Areeq was born and brought up in Manchester and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham where he began researching the relationship between the internet and political participation. After graduating in 2013, he moved to London and has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the London Assembly; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; KPMG; and the UK Parliament.

He has written op-eds for the New Statesman, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Media Diversified, and the Fabian Review. He has participated in a number of media discussions across television, radio, and podcasts on topics related to technology and democracy.

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