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Matthew Perault
Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Director of the Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy
Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society


J.D., Harvard University (2008)
M.P.P., Duke University (2008)
B.A., Brown University (2002)


Duke Launches New Center on Science and Tech Policy

A new Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke will explore the impact of emerging technologies on our society and develop new approaches for regulating those technologies. The center, established by The Duke Initiative for Science & Society in conjunction with Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, is directed by former Facebook executive Matt Perault. More >> 



Tech by Design, a podcast hosted by Matt PeraultTechnology By Design is a podcast devoted to exploring the tech industry, the products and policy decisions that shape it, and its impact on our everyday lives. 

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Perault discusses the dissonance between the evolution of technology and policy in this Policy 360 podcast:


Matt Perault served as a director of public policy at Facebook. He led the company’s global public policy planning efforts on issues such as competition, law enforcement, and human rights and oversaw public policy for WhatsApp, Oculus, and Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University.

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