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Susan Crawford, Kevin Werbach Named Obama's FCC Review Team Leads

We'd like to congratulate our long time CircleID participants, Susan Crawford and Kevin Werbach for being named today as Obama-Biden FCC Transition Team Leads.

Susan Crawford, is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who recently ended her term as a member of the Board of Directors of ICANN and is the founder of OneWebDay. Kevin Werbach, is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of the Supernova Group and the organizer of Supernova, a leading executive technology conference.

Read More:
Obama-Biden Transition Team Announces Broad List of Agency Review Team Leads (Official Press Release, 11/14/2008)
Net Neutrality Advocates In Charge Of Obama Team Review of FCC (Wired, 11/14/2008)
Obama Transition Team Names FCC Review Leaders (CNet News, 11/14/2008)

Related topics: Broadband, ICANN, Net Neutrality, Policy & Regulation, Telecom


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Congratulations Susan and Kevin!We are in safer Alex Tajirian  –  Nov 15, 2008 10:24 AM PDT

Congratulations Susan and Kevin!

We are in safer hands!

Crawford is a lobbyist; she should not be on the transition team Anonymous Coward  –  Nov 20, 2008 10:59 AM PDT

It's the specific policy of the Obama transition team that lobbyists should not be on it — at least not influencing the subject areas on which they have lobbied. Susan Crawford is part of the lobbying group Public Knowledge, which has done extensive lobbying on the subject of Internet regulation and FCC policy, and has lobbied Congress on this subject. What is she doing on the transition team?

The distinction between a Civil Society Organization and a Commercial Lobby. Sivasubramanian M  –  Nov 20, 2008 11:50 AM PDT

Hello Anonymous,

Public Knowledge is a public interest group working on citizens' rights. Such a (truly) non-profit organization differs in purpose and style of functioning from a lobby group that lobbies to protect the narrow interests of a community or an industry lobbies which are prone to contaminate the policy making process by exerting undue influence over vulnerable people in Government.

President-Elect Barrack Obama would certainly be alert enough to prevent the wrong kind of commercial lobbies from getting anywhere near positions of influence as much as he is receptive to search for and engage the right kind people as Susan Crawford.

Public Knowledge is, for all practical purposes, a commercial lobby. Anonymous Coward  –  Nov 20, 2008 8:52 PM PDT

They are heavily funded by Google, which — as you might expect — prompts them to push so-called "network neutrality" legislation which isn't neutral at all.... It favors Google and its corporate agenda. And in any event, a lobbyist is a lobbyist. Hiding behind a supposedly "non-profit" astroturf organization can't disguise that.

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