Chris Calabrese is Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) where he oversees CDT’s policy portfolio. Chris has long been an advocate for privacy protections, Internet openness, limits on government surveillance, and fostering the responsible use of new technologies.
Chris has appeared before Congress and in media (CBS Evening News, Fox News, National Public Radio) discussing technology and privacy issues. Often quoted in publications (the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press), he was named one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists (The Hill – 2012, 2013). Chris also sits on the Consumer Advisory Committee – Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Prior to CDT, Chris was legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office. He led advocacy efforts on privacy, developing proactive strategies on federal legislation and executive branch actions (privacy, technology and identification systems). His key areas: limiting location tracking by police, safeguarding electronic communications and individual users’ Internet surfing habits, and regulating new technologies (unmanned drones).
Earlier, Chris helped lead several national ACLU campaigns opposing state implementation of the Real ID Act and ending law enforcement’s use of data-mining as part of the Multi-State Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (MATRIX) program.
Before ACLU work, Chris was legal counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader, Linda J. Melconian. He helped draft legislation to ensure privacy and anti-discrimination laws covered genetic information. A graduate of Harvard University, he holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and lives in the D.C. area with his wife and three children.