Jess Miers is Legal Advocacy Counsel at Chamber of Progress. As a lawyer and technologist, Jess primarily focuses on the intersection of law and the Internet. She is widely considered an expert on U.S. intermediary liability law and has written, spoken, and taught extensively about topics such as speech and Section 230, content moderation, intellectual property, and cyber crime. Jess is also currently an advisor to the Trust & Safety Professional Association, and an industry mentor for Santa Clara Law’s Tech Edge J.D. certificate program. Jess is also a teaching assistant to Prof. Eric Goldman for his famed Internet Law course at SCU Law.
Jess joined Chamber of Progress from Google where she was a Senior Government Affairs & Public Policy Analyst (a JD advantage career!). At Google, Jess oversaw the state and federal content policy portfolios. In addition to monitoring emerging U.S. content policy, Jess also worked closely with Google’s Litigation teams to influence the courts on key online speech issues, many of which are currently pending U.S. Supreme Court review.
Before law school, Jess received her Bachelor’s in Computer Science from George Mason University. She spent four years as a Software Engineer for a defense contractor in Northern Virginia. Throughout law school, Jess interned at Twitter, TechFreedom, The UCLA Technology Law and Policy Institute, and Google Trust & Safety. She founded the SCU Internet Law Student Organization, with the goal of encouraging students to explore and pursue careers in Internet law and policy.
Interests & Hobbies
obsessed fascinated with early Internet and tech history. Whether it’s collecting AOL and Win 95 CDs, scouring eBay for legacy web nostalgia (including literally buying a CRT to play OG NES games), visiting the Internet Archive, or reading WIRED’s 90’s articles, Jess has always been interested in re-living and studying the web and tech that were staples of her childhood. Given how much the early web (and user communities) shaped Jess’ personal growth and worldview, it comes as no surprise that Jess is also a self-described speech and 230 absolutist. This passion is what inspired Jess to give a TEDx talk on the importance of preserving Section 230 during her 1L year at SCU Law, and later pursue her career in tech policy and law.
Jess currently resides in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. When she’s not advocating for online speech, Jess enjoys climbing peaks and exploring the many beautiful California coastal trails with her husband and her dog.
How To Contact
Speaking Requests: I love entertaining opportunities to write, speak, and guest lecture about Internet law and policy topics! For speaking inquiries, please reach out to email@example.com.
Press Inquiries: I’m always open to press inquiries about the topics discussed above and my work at Chamber of Progress. Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or Signal: (703) 727-9412.
Students / Informational Interview Requests: I am so grateful to the many mentors and career professionals who opened their offices (virtual and physical!) to me when I was a student. So, I’m always excited to give back to the community and support students any way I can. Please feel free to schedule time via my calendly — no need to reach out first, but if you would like to: email@example.com.
What I’m Reading
Anyone in this field knows that it involves a ton of reading. Plus, I recall when I was a law student wanting to read what the experts are reading. Below are some blogs I follow regularly for updates on Internet law and tech policy, and books I’m currently reading:
Blogs I’m Following
- Prof. Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog — your go to source for all updates on Internet law.
- Techdirt — because if you’re not reading Techdirt, can you really call yourself a tech professional?
- SCOTUSblog — mostly for tracking the speech cases I’m currently briefing (NetChoice & CCIA v. Moody, NetChoice & CCIA v. Paxton, Gonzalez v. Google, Twitter v. Taamneh).
- Will Oremus’ Medium Blog on all things tech and policy.
My Current Reading List
- Eric Goldman’s Internet Law: Cases & Materials 2022 — I stay up to date not just as a TA but also as a practitioner
- The Gatekeeper: My 30 Years as a TV Censor
- The United States of Anonymous: How the First Amendment Shaped Online Speech
- The Wisdom of the Crowds
- Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
- Against Jawboning (currently obsessed with the topic of jawboning, 1A, and the MPAA).
- Ratings and Revenues: Evidence from Movie Ratings