About

Social media giants are eroding our consensus reality and pushing democracy to the brink. Accountable Tech is fighting back.

The Problem We Face Today

Major social media platforms serve as information gatekeepers, putting awesome power in the hands of tech giants with little oversight. These companies – like Facebook and Google – were not fundamentally designed to serve the public good, but to generate growth and profits.

Their surveillance advertising business model relies on harvesting and monetizing data, so they developed products and algorithms to maximize engagement. Those algorithms reward outrageous content, reinforce biases irrespective of truth, and filter like-minded individuals into small echo chambers.

Moreover, bad actors are weaponizing these data-rich platforms to manipulate users – be it to suppress voters, prey on consumers, or promote extremism. Democracy requires a shared baseline of facts. But this online information landscape is instead creating a toxic patchwork of personalized pseudo-realities.

Accountable Tech is working to bring about long-term structural reform to tackle the existential threat social media companies pose to our information ecosystem and democracy.

Our Team

Nicole Gill

Nicole Gill

CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACCOUNTABLE TECH

Nicole is an experienced campaigner, having led efforts around tax policy, marriage equality, and health care. She founded Tax March in 2017 and led the coalition opposing the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and most recently led strategic communications and external affairs for an international NGO focused on reproductive health care worldwide.
Jesse Lehrich

Jesse Lehrich

CO-FOUNDER AND SENIOR ADVISOR, ACCOUNTABLE TECH

Jesse is a co-founder of Accountable Tech. He has a decade of experience in political communications and issue advocacy, including serving as the foreign policy spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where he was part of the team managing the response to Russia’s information warfare operation.
Rishi Bharwani

Rishi Bharwani

Partnerships and Policy Director

Rishi has experience working on local, state, and national electoral campaigns as well as advocacy campaigns around gun violence, consumer protection, and financial regulation. He most recently worked in the United States Senate where he led tech policy for Senator Cory Booker.