William Echikson

Europe's Digital Wonk

William Echikson, longtime Brussels-based journalist and public affairs veteran, heads the CEPS Digital Forum. For most of the past decade, Mr. Echikson has specialized in providing communications and policy support to technology companies and public authorities on Internet policy issues in Europe. He worked for six and a half years at Google, during which he worked on many of the search giant’s most difficult issues, ranging from the launch of the Chrome browser, the fight over Google Books and the battle over the Right to be Forgotten. Before Google, Mr. Echikson served 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 as bureau chief. William also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for BBC and America's Public Broadcasting Service, including a one hour film “Rough Waters of Freedom” on the challenges of independence in the Baltic. He has published four books of narrative nonfiction, Lighting the Night about on the collapse of communism in Central Europe, Burgundy Stars about the rise of three star Michelin Guide chef, Noble Rot about the social struggles in the Bordeaux wine region, and finally, Shooting for Tiger, a book about his oldest son’s junior golf career. An American and Belgian citizen, Mr. Echikson graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.