Egerton Neto is the Manager of the Programme on Democracy and Technology at the Oxford Internet Institute, at the University of Oxford. As such, he conducts strategic relationships with stakeholders in government, civil society, industry, and the media to ensure the Programme’s research on misinformation and hate speech are translated into policy.
Six years ago, he came out as a gay man in one of the largest Brazilian newspapers. Since then, he became an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in a country where queer rights are increasingly suppressed and the LGBTI+ community is directly targeted by misinformation and online hate speech. In his 4 years in Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, he built partnerships to implement culture and human rights projects across his country. Meanwhile, as a member of a NGO, Egerton participated in advocacy efforts in Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court to advance legislation on technology and queer rights.
Egerton holds a Master of Public Policy at The London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. He was also a member of the Lab of Internet and Public Policy (LAPIN) at the University of Brasilia. He is a Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellow and has had pieces published in Project Syndicate, The Washington Blade, Globoesporte.com and other portals.