Christopher Ben Wilson

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Christopher studies the strategic use of technology in political communication and governance, with an emphasis on emerging technolgoies, digital transformation, multi-stakeholderism and civic participation.

Publications can be found at Google Scholar, he blogs about methods for measuring the impact of civic technology at


Research interests

  • Government communication strategies surrounding the adoption of emerging technologies and complex social issues (privacy, algorithmic bias, etc)
  • The social impacts of using technology for civic engagement public service delivery
  • The influence and effectiveness of international normative regimes for civic participation
  • The effects of democratic innovations on public trust in government and political efficacy

Christopher defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Oslo in August 2019, with a focus on methods for assessing the influence of global multi-stakeholder intiative and the socialization of technology and particiaption norms in government.

Prior to his doctoral work, Christopher co-founded and led the learning and research activities at The Engine Room (, then an applied research organization focusing on the use of digital tools in advocacy. Christopher also worked as a communications officer in the UNDP Global Program for governance assessments, and has performed as a national researcher for various international initiatives such as the Open Data Barometer and the Open Government Partnership.

Christopher is also a research fellow with the Digital Service Collaborative at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Policy Innovation and Social Impact.

Christopher holds a Masters Degree in the Theory and Practice of International Human Rights Law from the University of Oslo Law Faculty and a Bachelors of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication, from the University of California Berkeley.


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  • Wilson, C. (2020). The socialization of civic participation norms in government ?: Assessing the effect of the Open Government Partnership on countries ’ e-participation ☆. Government Information Quarterly, 101476.
  • Wilson, C. (2019). Multi-stakeholder initiatives, policy learning and institutionalization: the surprising failure of open government in Norway. Policy Studies, 1–20.
  • Wilson, C. (2017). Look Who’s Talking: Assessing Civic Voice and Interaction in OGP Commitments. Journal of E-Democracy and Open Government, 9(2), 4–30. Retrieved from
  • Wilson, C., & de Lanerolle, I. (2016). Test It and They Might Come: Improving the Uptake of Digital Tools in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives. IDS Bulletin, 41(1), 113–126.
  • Wilson, C. (2014). « Do no harm »: Samtykke og personvern i krise ? (2), 253–262.
  • Tufekci, Z., & Wilson, C. (2012). Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest: Observations From Tahrir Square. Journal of Communication, 62(2), 363–379.
  • Wilson, C., & Dunn, A. (2012). Contingency and Hybridity in the Study of Digital Advocacy Networks. International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, 4(2), 61–80.

Policy briefs and practical guides:

  • Christopher Wilson. (2018). Open data stakeholders: Civil society. In T. Davies, S. B. Walker, M. Rubenstein, & F. Perini (Eds.), The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons (pp. 355–367). Retrieved from
  • Wilson, C. (2018). Managing data ethics: A process-based approach for CDOs. In S. Shah & W. D. Eggers (Eds.), The Chief Data Officer in Government: A CDO Playbook (pp. 1–12). Retrieved from
  • Wilson, C., & Rahman, Z. (2015). Citizen‑Generated Data and Governments: Towards a Collaborative Model. Retrieved from
  • engine room. (2014). Measuring impact on-the-go: a user’s guide for monitoring tech and accountability programming. The Engine Room. Retrieved from
  • engine room (2013). TechScape Module Report: Assessing the use of technological tools and strategies seven countries. The Engine Room. Retrieved from

Doctoral dissertation:

Multi-stakeholder promotion of civic participation: assessing the Open Government Partnership's influence on national policy

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  • Wilson, Christopher Ben (2019). Multi-stakeholder promotion of civic participation: assessing the Open Government Partnership’s influence on national policy.
  • Wilson, Christopher Ben (2018). Managing data ethics: A process-based approach for CDOs, In William Eggers & Hollie Russon Gilman (ed.),  The Chief Data Officer in Government: A CDO Playbook.  Deloitte Insights.  8.
  • Wilson, Christopher Ben (2018). Open data stakeholders: Civil society, In Timothy Davies; Stephen, B. Walker; Mor Rubenstein & Fernando Perini (ed.),  The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons.  African Minds.  ISBN 9781928331957.  24.  s 355 - 367
  • Wilson, Christopher Ben (2017). Analytic activism by Karpf. Information, Communication & Society.  ISSN 1369-118X. . doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1398266
  • Karlsrud, John & Wilson, Christopher Ben (2008). Changing Roles: China, Africa and the Strategic Power of Dialogue. Vreng. Adbuster Magasin.  ISSN 1504-0526.
  • Hustad, Richard; Andreassen, Bård A. & Wilson, Christopher Ben (2006). Justice and Human Rights Initiative: Report of the Workshop on Developing Justice and Human Rights Indicators.

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