Tech and Democracy Associate

IST seeks a Tech and Democracy Associate to work on a wide portfolio, including counter disinformation efforts, technology and democracy research, and significant involvement in IST’s Digital Cognition and Democracy Initiative.

This call for applications in now closed.

The Role

Care deeply about how technology impacts democracy? IST is hiring a Tech and Democracy Associate to help with research, project management, coalition building, and publications related to our overall work in this space, to include the foundational Digital Cognition and Democracy Initiative (DCDI).

Our work seeks to explore the underpinnings of human susceptibility to mis-and disinformation and the implications this has for democracies. We examine the different interactions between digital systems and human cognition, to identify the source of that vulnerability and devise potential mitigation strategies.

The Tech and Democracy Associate will work on a wide portfolio, including counter disinformation efforts, technology and democracy research, and significant involvement in IST’s Digital Cognition and Democracy Initiative (DCDI). DCDI is a broad, multifaceted initiative with multiple lines of effort including an expert coalition, policy and cognitive research, and briefing and convening key stakeholders. 

The day-to-day of this position will include managing ongoing initiatives, writing blogs and publications, contributing supporting research to DCDI and other projects, as well as some project management and scheduling work. 

This is a 100% remote position as part of a very dynamic, growing, energetic team. Residence in the San Francisco Bay Area is preferred for the most immediate and best access to cutting edge technologists and researchers, but applicants from other areas will be considered


IST recognizes that not every candidate may possess all of the below, but individuals willing to learn and grow with us and willing to take initiative is an absolute requirement.

  • 4-6 years of professional experience working in government, academia, or industry on technology policy, governance and/or the intersection of technology and democracy. Alternatively, a combination of a masters degree and 2-3 years in the above fields.
  • Ability to communicate technical topics to a non-technical audience.
  • Strong writing, analytic, and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.


  • A sharp interest and growing familiarity with cognition, neuroscience, national security, media studies, democracy and/or technology policy fields.
  • Desire to contribute to a dynamic team focused on national security and democracy research.
  • Publishing experience.
  • Experience planning and executing remote events.

Working at IST

The Institute for Security and Technology designs and advances solutions to the world’s toughest emerging security threats. We are a nonpartisan, non-profit network based in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to solving critical international security challenges through better technology and policy. We are a growing national security and technology 501c3 institute in the San Francisco Bay Area that is excited about the challenges we are tackling—join us in the fight! 

Organized to assess and incubate solutions to wicked emerging security threats, IST embodies the ethos of “bias for action” in order to outpace some of the world’s toughest technology-driven security challenges. IST leads policy analysis, develops technology solutions, and convenes some of the best minds across the technology, national security, and civil society sectors. For more information, visit

We are a passionate, close-knit team with an excellent remote workflow, and are in the midst of rapid growth. We take pride in our ability to move quickly, create trusted venues for action-oriented solutions, conduct cutting edge, world class research, and use those insights to operationalize the work and provide recommendations to government agencies, industry, and academia. The team values creativity, entrepreneurship, individual leadership, a sense of humor, a growth mindset, and a willingness to take risks, fail on occasion, and help grow this young organization. We are mission driven, intent on vastly improving the current state of national security and technology policy in the United States and around the world. We look forward to your application.

How to Apply

Email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with Tech and Democracy Associate as the subject line. Please introduce yourself briefly in the email body, and mention how this position at IST would compliment your professional trajectory. Please include your resume and CV as PDF attachment.