William Echikson

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William Echikson

Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of Digital Forum

William Echikson heads the CEPS Digital Forum.

From 2008-15, he served as a senior manager at Google, working on many of the search giant’s most difficult issues from the launch of the Chrome browser to the battles over Google Books and the Right to be Forgotten.

Before Google, William worked for three decades as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek.  From 2001 until 2007, he managed the Brussels bureau for Dow Jones.

William also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for the BBC and America's Public Broadcasting Service. He has published four books of narrative nonfiction, ranging from Lighting the Night about on the collapse of communism in Central Europe to Noble Rot about the social struggles in the Bordeaux wine region.

An American and Belgian citizen, William Echikson graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.

BA History, Yale College, 1981 and Harvard University Fellowship, 1989-1990
English, French