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In the past twenty years, I have gained valuable experience working in both the private sector and in government. All these experiences have prepared me to address problems in all their economic, legal, and technical aspects, identify the driving forces at work, recognize the interests of key stakeholders, and craft appropriate strategies.

Since I came to Washington, I have worked with senior policymakers and business leaders to find practical solutions to policy and business issues.

I began my career in Washington at the Senate Intelligence Committee working with the Director of the National Security Agency and other intelligence agency officials to define legislation that would strike the right balance between intelligence needs and capabilities and the protection of the rights of Americans — a subject that remains in the news.

From the Senate I went to the Federal Communications Commission to assist the Chairman in the process of authorizing long distance competition and negotiating the underlying economic arrangements between the incumbent (AT&T) and new entrants (such as Sprint and MCI). Years later, after a decade in the private sector practicing corporate strategy, I returned to the FCC at the request of another FCC Chair, to help in the implementation of local telecommunications competition and the development of the FCC's Internet policy.

As the commercial Internet emerged and its impact spread, I served two Secretaries of Commerce as their principal advisor on the Internet and e-commerce, helping develop federal policy on privacy, security, consumer protection, competition, intellectual property and broadband deployment.


Some of my recent projects have included:

  • Analyzing the potential role of digital learning in addressing the need for greater numbers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • Directing a study for the Committee on Economic Development's Digital Connections Council on public access to taxpayer-funded research (see full report)
  • Advising the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the development of the National Health Information Network
  • Advising a major foundation on “reinventing” higher education
  • Directing a study for the Committee for Economic Development's Digital Connections Council on using greater openness to improve higher education (see full report)

I have also:

  • Directed a study for the Committee for Economic Development's Digital Connections Council on the transformation of healthcare through greater openness (see full report)
  • Initiated and coordinated an award-winning project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to examine the use of radio frequency identification technology to reduce electronic waste
  • Directed a study for the Committee for Economic Development's Digital Connections Council on the impact of "openness" focusing on open standards, open source software, and open innovation (see full report).
  • Drafted a white paper on broadband telecommunications policy for the the Economic Policy Institute (see full report).
  • Directed a study for the Committee for Economic Development's Digital Connections Council on the relationship between intellectual property laws, innovation, and economic growth (see NY Times coverage or full report).
  • Chaired an independent international public policy advisory council for MIT's Auto-ID Center which developed next generation "bar codes" based on small and inexpensive radio frequency identification chips and readers. The Council made recommendations on issues such as privacy, health, and labor implications raised by the use of RFID in the supply chain process.
  • Advised a major telecommunications company on its position regarding intellectual property
  • Advised another major telecommunications company on emerging public policy issues
  • Advised a major mobile communications company on a potential new product line and its implications for spectrum, privacy, and intellectual property policies
  • Assisted a global telecommunications company in developing its e-government activities.
  • Identified global partnership opportunities with governments and multilateral lending institutions for a multinational information technology company.

Fees can be arranged on a project, hourly, or retainer basis. My previous experience has helped me develop a network of colleagues around the globe, so I am able to draw on a wide range of highly experienced partners should a project require it.

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