Eric Sears serves as Program Officer for Human Rights at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. In this capacity, he manages grantmaking aimed at strengthening digital free expression and privacy, advancing an open and secure Internet, and supporting the incubation and development of new technologies that aid in holding individuals and institutions accountable for human rights abuses. He has previously worked at Human Rights First in New York and Amnesty International USA in Washington, DC where he carried out a range of research and advocacy initiatives. While at Amnesty, Eric launched and managed the organization’s campaign aimed at reforming U.S. counterterrorism policies and helped create the organization’s human rights emergency response program. Eric holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science from Saint Louis University.