As Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard
University, I am a computer scientist working with world-renowned
government scholars. This unique cross-fertilization has been
fantastic at every turn! My mission is create and use technology to
assess and solve societal, political and governance problems,
and to teach others how to do the same. One
focus area is data privacy, and I am the Director of the
Data Privacy Lab at Harvard.
There are other foci too. (more)
I was formerly the Chief Technology Officer, also called the Chief Technologist,
at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
It was a fantastic experience! I thank Chairwoman Ramirez for appointing me.
One of my goals was to make it easier for others to work on innovative solutions at the intersection of technology,
policy and business. Often, I thought of my past students,
who primarily came from computer science or governance backgrounds,
and who were highly motivated to change the world.
I would like to see society harness their energy and get others thinking about
innovative solutions to pressing problems. During my time there, I launched the summer research fellows program
and blogged on
to facilitate explorations and ignite brainstorming
on FTC-related topics.