Sean McDonald

Co-Founder,
Digital Public

Sean McDonald builds governance for technology and technology for governance. Sean is the Co-Founder of Digital Public, which uses trusts to help communities protect and govern digital assets.  He is a lawyer and the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning global technology company.

Sean is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and a Research Fellow at Duke’s Center for Law and Technology. Sean is an advisor to Digital Democracy and the IEEE’s Ethics and AI Committee. Sean is also a researcher and writer whose work has been published by the Review of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Cornell’s Legal Informatics Institute, IRIN, Innovations Journal, among others.

Sean was formerly a Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab and an Affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center. He holds a JD/MA from American University, with specializations in international law and alternative dispute resolution.