David Segal is the executive director and co-founder of the activism organization Demand Progress, and in that capacity also runs the anti-plutocracy group Rootstrikers. He previously served as a member of the Providence City Council and as a Rhode Island state representative. He ran for Congress in 2010, backed by much of the "netroots", organized labor, and the Rhode Island progressive movement.
During his tenure at Demand Progress he has helped lead various grassroots efforts to protect Internet freedom, including the successful defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the passage of Net Neutrality regulations. He co-edited and wrote much of a book about that effort, called Hacking Politics. His writing on public policy matters has appeared in a variety of publications. He holds a degree in mathematics from Columbia University.