David Sullivan

David Sullivan

David Sullivan is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Trust & Safety Partnership, where he leads a unique initiative focused on promoting a safer and more trustworthy internet. An experienced human rights and technology policy practitioner, he brings together unlikely allies to solve global challenges related to rights, security, and democracy in the digital age.

Most recently, David served as Program Director at the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a unique collaboration between leading technology companies and human rights groups to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights online. During nearly a decade at GNI he played a key role growing and globalizing the initiative’s membership, implementing its unique assessment process, and advocating for rights-based approaches on issues such as terrorist and extremist content and internet shutdowns.

He previously led the research and policy team at the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he oversaw field research and policy analysis on mass atrocity prevention in Africa. There, he helped pass landmark legislation and changed government and company behavior around supply chains contributing to conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Earlier in his career he worked for international NGOs providing election assistance to Pakistan and humanitarian assistance in West and Central Africa. 

David is a co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Coalition for Digital Safety, a member of the Institute for Security and Technology’s Trust & Safety Advisory Group, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Flatirons research center at the University of Colorado Law School. He has published extensively on technology, security, and human rights, with commentary appearing in Slate, Tech Policy Press, and Lawfare

Based in Boulder, Colorado, he is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow with a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.