Josh Simons

Josh Simons is a Harvard-Kennedy scholar and PhD candidate in Harvard University’s Government Department.His research explores the politics and ethics of machine learning, which he argues is political, requiring choices to be made, which will shape the distribution of power over time. He uses the political character of machine learning to explore familiar problems in politics, about discrimination and fairness, justice and justification, and even the scope of politics.Josh is currently an India-U.S. Public Interest Technology Fellow. More broadly, his interest lies in democracy, and he asks: what must democracy do differently in the next century? Four democracies have shaped Josh’s thinking on the subject: India and the U.S., Israel and the U.K.Josh has previously worked in the UK on defence and economic policy, as a Policy Advisor, and on housing policy for the Institute for the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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