Michael R. Nelson
Visiting Professor, Communication, Culture & Technology Program, Georgetown University

Michael Nelson is currently Visiting Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. Since January, he has been doing research and teaching courses on "The Future of the Internet" and Internet governance as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. His group worked with university researchers on NGi technology, shaped standards for the NGi, and communicated IBM's vision of NGi and the future of computing to customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public. He worked closely with governments around the world on next generation Internet technologies and applications. In 2003 Nelson was selected as the Internet Society's Vice President for Public Policy. In that role, he attended the UN's World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in 2003 and has been very involved in the second phase of WSIS in Tunis in November, 2005, and the recently-completed Internet Governance Forum. He is serving on the Applications, Middleware, and Services Advisory Council of the Internet2 university consortium. In February, 2008, he became the chairman of the Information, Computing, and Communications Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of the nation's telecommunications networks.

Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy.

Nelson has a B.S. in geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT.


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Thursday, March 24
7:30 - 11:45 am

The Willard Hotel
Washington, DC

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