Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston is the Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), where he works in the public interest to ensure that all communities have access to communications technologies that are both open and secure. He previously served as OTI’s Policy Director. Before leading OTI’s policy team, Kevin was a Senior Counsel and the Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. Prior to joining CDT, he worked for nearly a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), specializing in free speech and privacy law with a focus on government surveillance, Internet privacy, and location privacy. Before joining EFF, he litigated Internet-related free speech cases at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union as a Justice William Brennan First Amendment Fellow. He has served since 2005 on the board of the First Amendment Coalition, is a member of the advisory board of the Open Technology Fund, and previously was a nonresidential fellow at the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society. He received his JD at the University of Southern California Law School after receiving his BA at the University of Texas at Austin.