TechStreamBrookings TechStream aims to host “tomorrow’s tech policy conversations today.”

As the scale and reach of the technology sector has grown, so too have the societal and political implications of each new product and protocol. Yet by the time the downstream risks of a technology become clear, it’s often too late. Either the damage has been done or the technology has moved on.

The goal of Brookings TechStream is to demystify new technologies and discuss their policy implications as early as possible. By bringing together leading technology and policy experts from around the world, Brookings TechStream seeks to debate how best to secure the benefits of new technologies while limiting their risks—before they occur.


Brookings TechStream publishes pieces from relevant experts, researchers, academics, journalists, and policy analysts. If you have a technical background and a passion for thinking through the societal implications of technology, we want to hear from you.* Please reach out to the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative’s Assistant Director Derek Belle at


Brookings TechStream publishes on a wide range of technologies and policy domains, but is currently focused on the implications of technology in the following areas:

  • Disinformation
  • Public Health
  • National Security
  • Surveillance and Privacy
  • Extremism and Hate Speech


Brookings TechStream content is published in a range of formats, including:

  • Explainers. Brief primers on new technologies or research findings, typically 500-800 words.
  • Interactives. Short-form commentary on technology policy, typically 800-1200 words.
  • Editorials. Static graphics based on novel data about technology or its impact.
  • Data Visualizations. Dynamic graphics based on novel data about technology or its impact.
  • Deep Dives. In-depth explanations of a new technology or policy, typically 1500-2500 words.

Independence and Disclosure Policy

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization committed to undertaking and disseminating the highest quality, independent policy research. TechStream contributors are expected to uphold these values, and external experts contributing pieces are required to comply with applicable Brookings policies, including, without limitation, Brookings’s Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy for Outside Contributors.

Brookings, in conformity with the Institution’s mission of developing independent, non-partisan analysis and recommendations that reflect objective and rigorous scholarship, will make the final determinations regarding all scholarly activities, including the research agenda, content, products, acceptance, outcomes, use, publication and dissemination of work submitted for TechStream. TechStream contributors will not at any time lobby or otherwise promote the interests of a third party.

As is the case in all Brookings publications, the conclusions and recommendations presented in TechStream pieces are solely those of the piece’s author(s), and do not reflect the views of the Brookings Institution, its management, or its scholars.

* Brookings TechStream is under no obligation to post, use and/or pay compensation with respect to any external submissions.