The potential for Government 2.0 is both real and exciting: technology-wise, we can now cheaply and efficiently enable a government that is transparent, participatory, collaborative, and effective. But there are some very real, very stubborn obstacles in the form of outdated laws, regulations, and policies. Andrew will outline these barriers, and set forth an agenda for reform.
Andrew McLaughlin is Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. From November 2008-January 2009, Andrew served as a member of the Obama/Biden presidential transition team in Washington.
From 2004-2009 Director of Global Public Policy for Google Inc. From 1998-2005, Andrew was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. From 1999-2002, Andrew worked to launch and manage the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. ICANN is the Internet’s technical coordinating organization, overseeing its systems of unique identifiers, such as domain names and IP addresses.
From 2002-2003, Andrew taught at Harvard Law while working on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He was a co-founder of CIPESA, a technology policy think-tank and advocacy center based at Makerere University in Uganda. At Google, Andrew continued that work as a co-leader of Google’s Africa strategy team, and a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges.org, an international non-profit organization based in Cape Town.
Andrew’s undergraduate degree is from Yale University, and his law degree is fromHarvard Law School.
After clerking on the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Andrew started his legal career at Jenner & Block in Washington DC, where he focused on appellate ligitation and constitutional law. He was a member of the legal team that challenged the U.S. government’s first Internet censorship law – the Communications Decency Act – resulting in the Supreme Court’s landmark 1997 Internet free speech ruling. From 1997-98, Andrew served as counsel to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.
In 2000, Time Magazine named Andrew one of its Digital Dozen. In 2001, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations.
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