Ashkan Soltani

Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics. 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. Ashkan lives in Washington, DC.



Panel: What a Difference a Year Makes: Data, Art & Ethics in a Post-Snowden World

On June 5th, 2013, The Guardian announced the leak of thousands of classified documents by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. These revelations (and others) have sparked a global conversation about data, privacy & ethical responsibility. Join a group of artists, theorists, researchers and practitioners for a discussion on what has changed, and how the Eyeo community can learn from and contribute to the ongoing dialogue.