Printed from http://www.electronista.com

FTC nominates first Chief Technologist

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Fri November 5, 2010

FTC picks Ed Felten as chief tech officer

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it had nominated its first Chief Technologist. Princeton Computer Science and Public Affairs professor Dr. Ed Felten will provide advice on technology issues and how they apply to government policy covered by the Commission's work. The official has expertise in core FTC subjects such as intellectual property, privacy, security and web apps.

Dr. Felten follows in a pattern of US agencies getting technology-aware leaders since the Obama administration began, including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Chief Technology Officer of the US Aneesh Chopra.

The move comes just as the FTC may have had a major influence in shaping technology development in the US through key rulings. It recently put some limits on Intel's competitive practices and was key to approving the Google/AdMob deal. Unofficially, it may have also directly influeced Apple's App Store policies by raising the possibility of legal action. A Chief Technologist may give it direct insight into the nature of future mergers and policy approaches without having to immediately turn to consultants or other outside experts, a factor which helped delay the AdMob deal.

FTC officials expect Dr. Felten to take office in January. [image via Princeton]



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

When it comes to selecting a printer, it's not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often touted as f ...

Moshi iVisor AG and XT for iPad Air 2

Have you ever tried to put in a screen protector that relies on static to cling to the screen? How many bubbles and wrinkles does it h ...

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector

Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large numbe ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News