Josh Simons

Josh Simons is a Labour Party organiser in Greater Manchester and Research Fellow at Harvard University.



Josh is a Labour Party organiser in Greater Manchester. Josh has worked tirelessly across politics, government, and nonprofits to create and lead organisations to advance social justice, build better technology, and strengthen democracy. He is Director of People’s Action, which supports people organising to improve communities across England and Wales, including locally in Heywood, Middleton, and Bury. He has worked on campaigns from local elections to presidential elections and advised MPs, Mayors, and councillors across the country on critical policy decisions. He is working to help Labour rebuild trust with the Jewish community, develop a future-oriented agenda, and win to change Britain for the better.

Josh is also an academic and policy strategist. Josh’s first book, Democracy against Prediction: Citizen Rule in the Age of Machine Learning, explores how we should regulate technologies to support the flourishing of democracy. He is currently applying his argument to the policy domains of equality and civil rights; utility regulation and public law; and participatory governance in tech design. Josh is a Research Fellow in Technology and Democracy at Harvard University and the Institute for the Future of Work, and has published in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society (AIES) and the Pennsylvania Journal of Law and InnovationBrookings, New AmericaColumbia Journalism ReviewProspect, and the New Statesman




The Politics of Nationalism

Why Labour should not fear nationalism

Data and Covid-19

Why the UK government’s approach to coronavirus modelling is dangerous

Algorithmic Accountability

Why the UK needs an Accountability for Algorithms Act

Labour and the Jewish Community

Labour must become a home for Jewish people again – it starts with listening