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Matt Perault

Director of Center on Technology Policy and Professor of Practice, UNC School of Information and Library Science

Matt Perault




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Matt Perault


Technology, antitrust, online expression, political advertising, Section 230, foreign policy and technology (including US-China).


BA (Political Science), Brown University
Master of Public Policy, Duke University
JD, Harvard Law School


Matt is a professor of the practice at UNC’s School of Information & Library Science and a consultant on technology policy issues. He previously led the Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University and was a professor of the practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Before that, Matt worked at Facebook, where he was a director on the public policy team and the head of the global policy development team. He covered issues ranging from antitrust to law enforcement to human rights and oversaw the company’s policy work on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality. In July 2019, he testified in Congress on the competitiveness of the technology sector.

Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University.


The State of State Technology Policy 2023 Report (PDF)

A policy framework to govern the use of generative AI in political ads | The Brookings Institution

Trust the Process: Could jawboning process solve jawboning problems? | Knight First Amendment Institute

The new political ad machine: Policy frameworks for political ads in an age of AI (PDF)

Musk did at least one thing right in his first year at X | The Washington Post

Privacy Law Needs Cost-Benefit Analysis | Lawfare

Jawboned: Dispatches from two former tech platform employees | Knight First Amendment Institute

Section 230 Won’t Protect Chat GPT (PDF)

North Carolina’s New Abortion Law Is Also a Weapon Against Free Speech | Wired

Live and Let LIV? | Lawfare

To Protect Kids Online, Policymakers Must First Determine Who is a Kid | Tech Policy Press

Rescuing Local News Through Tax Credits: A review of policy in the U.S. and Canada (PDF)

Keeping Kids Safe Online: How Should Policymakers Approach Age Verification? | The Center for Growth and Opportunity

TikTok’s Plan to Stay in the U.S. Could Pose a Threat—to U.S. Tech Companies | The Information

Section 203 Won’t Protect Chat GPT | Lawfare

Project Texas: The Details of TikTok’s Plan to Remain Operational in the United States | Lawfare

U.S. Regulation Governing Digital Political Ads is Broken | Tech Policy Press

The State of State Platform Regulation (PDF)

Content Moderation Sacrificed in Left-Right Deals on Tech Reform | Lawfare

Europe’s New Tech Regulations Leave Open a Big Question: How Will They Work? | The Wall Street Journal, 2022

U.S. Regulation Governing Digital Political Ads is Broken | Tech Policy Press, 2022

The End of Roe Will Spark a Digital Civil War | Wired, 2022

Programmed Political Speech: How Programmatic Political Advertising Policies Shape Online Speech (PDF)

A Road Map for Tech Policy Experimentation | Lawfare, 2022

After Dobbs, Democrats and Republicans Switch Places on Speech Policy | Lawfare, 2022

No Magic Bullet: The Difficulties of Reforming Big Tech | The National Interest, May 2022

The Coming Online Fight Over Abortion Will Be Brutal | Slate, May 2022

Understanding, Enforcement, and Investment: Options and Opportunities for State Regulation of Online Content (PDF)

The TikTok-Oracle Deal Would Set 2 Dangerous Precedents | Wired, March 2022

Learning From China’s Techlash | Lawfare, November 2021

Frances Haugen’s Leaking of the Facebook Papers Will Hurt Decision-Making at Tech Companies | Promarket, November 2021

Congress Must Act to Establish Sensible Rules on Electoral Speech | Knight Amendment Institute, October 2021

To Fight Online Misinformation, Criminalize Voter Suppression | Wired, June 2021

The U.S. Needs a New Licensing Policy for Chinese Companies | Lawfare, June 2021

Well-Intentioned Section 230 Reform Could Entrench the Power of Big Tech | Slate, June 2021

Section 230 Reform: A Typology of Platform Power | Competition Policy International, May 2021

All the Ways Congress Wants to Change Section 230 | Slate, March 2021

How to increase transparency for political ads on social media | Brookings, March 2021

The Political Advertising Black Box Must Be Destroyed | Wired, March 2021

Breaking Blackout Black Boxes | Duke Science & Society, March 2021

A Sharper, Shrewder U.S. Policy for Chinese Tech Firms | Foreign Affairs, February 2021

Big Tech and Antitrust: A Path Forward | The Wall Street Journal, December 2020

Five Ways to Address Online Speech Problems Without Gutting the Law That Created Today’s Internet | Slate, October 2020

Governments Shouldn’t Choose the News in Your Feed | Wired, September 2020

Facebook’s Pre-Election Day Ban on Political Ads Will Likely Suppress Important Speech | Slate, September 2020

Should Facebook Pick a Side? | Promarket, July 2020

How TikTok’s Departure From Hong Kong Could Become a Win for China | Slate, July 2020

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing System Won’t Work. It Still Deserves Praise | Slate, May 2020

How to unlock telemedicine on such a large scale | The Hill, March 2020

Internet Freedom 10 Years In | Lawfare, January 2020

Four Ways to Fix Social Media’s Political Ads Problem—Without Banning Them | The New York Times, November 2019

Doing Business in China: What the NBA Can Learn from Big Tech | Lawfare, October 2019