Just in time for Ada Lovelace Day comes the news that Susan Crawford (Wikipedia, CircleID) is headed to the White House as special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy.
Susan is one of clearest thinkers I know on technology policy — which is critical to the continued development of technology (see, for example, her "Biology of the Broadcast Flag" (PDF), showing early the errors of technology mandates). She founded OneWebDay, an "Earth Day for the Internet," and reminded a global community that we sometimes need to demonstrate the Web's values in order to preserve them. She understands that the Net's openness and accessibility has fueled innovation around it, and has thought deeply about how we (as public, industry, and government) can help to keep that spirit going.
I'm thrilled to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with the news of Susan Crawford's appointment! I look forward to the advice she'll be able to provide on the development of the open Internet.
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