Josh Simons

Josh Simons is a PhD candidate at Harvard University 
and a Labour Party activist and candidate in Bury, Greater Manchester.



​Josh is a Labour Party activist and candidate for Bury Council in Church Ward, Greater Manchester. Josh is campaigning for Labour to rebuild trust with the Jewish community and works with local Jewish charities and organising groups. Josh is also developing financial and digital infrastructure for progressive organising and digital campaigning in the UK, and has established a local civic organisation to boost voter registration and turnout rates in and around Bury. Josh has published policy papers on algorithmic accountability, platform regulation, the future of work, and the UK Constitution after Brexit. Josh is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future of Work and previously worked for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and as a policy advisor for the Labour Party in the UK Parliament. 

Josh is also writing a book about democracy and technology, which explores how democracies should regulate companies and government bodies who use data-driven technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. Josh's research spans civil rights and equality policy; the application of competition and public law to big tech; and the use of participatory governance in tech design and corporate governance. Josh is a Research Fellow at Cambridge University, a Visiting Scholar at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and formerly a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics, and a U.S.-India Technology Policy Fellow at New America.




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