Sean Martin McDonald is a CIGI senior fellow and the co-founder of Digital Public, which builds legal trusts to protect and govern digital assets. He is a lawyer and the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning global technology social enterprise, a fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology, a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab and a former affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center. Sean is an adviser to Digital Democracy and the IEEE’s Ethics and AI Committee and a researcher and writer whose work has been published by the International Review of the Red CrossForeign PolicyStanford Social Innovation Review, Cornell’s Legal Informatics Institute, IRIN and Innovations, to name a few. He holds a J.D./M.A. from American University, with specialization in international law and alternative dispute resolution, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Sean’s research focuses on civic data trusts as vehicles that embed public interest governance into digital relationships and markets.

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