Brittan K. Heller

Counsel - Washington, D.C.

Brittan Heller

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Brittan Heller has structured her practice at Foley Hoag around the areas of law, technology and human rights. She specializes in advising companies on privacy, freedom of expression, content moderation, online harassment, disinformation, civic engagement, cyberhate and hate speech, and online extremism.

As the founding director of the Center on Technology and Society for the Anti-Defamation League, Brittan proposed new policies and implemented programs to prevent bias, racism, discrimination, and the spread of disinformation, with a focus on protecting minority populations. She also collaborated with major online platforms and gaming companies to combat cyberhate, and produced and launched new technology for good, in mediums like AI, VR/AR/XR and data visualization. 

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  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2009
  • Stanford University, M.A., 2004
  • Stanford University, B.A., 2004

Professional Experience

  • The Anti-Defamation League, Director of Technology and Society
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Honors Attorney
  • Afghanistan Legal Education Project, Stanford Law School, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Korean Public Interest Lawyers Group, Henry Luce Scholar
  • International Criminal Court, Robina Fellow/American Society for International Law Fellow
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 


  • Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center, Harvard University
  • Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker, (Re)volution Conference, J.P. Morgan
  • Nexant Medal for Humanitarian Service through VR, from the Virtual World Society
  • World Changing Idea finalist, “The Online Hate Index” (AI project to study hate speech conducted with U.C. Berkeley), Fast Company 
  • Profiled leader on season 11 of PBS’s "Roadtrip Nation"


  • Trans-Atlantic Working Group; steering committee, hate speech (2019)
  • Twitter Trust and Safety Council (2016-present) 
  • Senior Associate, Business and Human Rights Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (2018-present)
  • Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (2018-2019)
  • Council on Foreign Relations term member (2017-present)
  • Pacific Council member (2016-present)
  • Truman National Security Fellow (2015-present)
  • “Using AI and Social Media to Evaluate and Advance ESG” 100 Women in Finance (February 2021) 
  • “How to Balance Privacy and Innovation in Augmented and Virtual Reality”  Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
    (March  2021)
  • “Beyond Compliance Privacy, and Ethical Implications for Businesses” Tech GC (March 2021)
  • “Presentation on the Ethical Challenges Faced by Modern Technology-focused Business” MA TLC Board of Directors (August 2020)
  • “Manage Online Harassment, Hate Speech, and Social Media Risks for your Company” Tech GC (March 2021) 
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  • California
  • Practicing under the supervision of active members of the D.C. Bar