Tom Wheeler was sworn in as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on November 4, 2013. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.
For over three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame. Most recently, Chairman Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in young Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler led the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. From 1979 to 1984, he led the National Cable Television Association.
Chairman Wheeler is an ardent student of history. His most recent book is Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006).
William H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the Department of Media and Information, College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, where he is Director of the Quello Center. Prior to this appointment, Bill was Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where he was the Founding Director of the OII and a Fellow of Balliol College. Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in founding the OII. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology, and the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014. Bill is presently a co-principal investigator in the UK FCO supported Global Cyber Security Capacity Project, among others. His most recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), four edited volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014), and a reader entitled Society and the Internet, with Mark Graham (OUP 2014). He is working on a book on his concept of the Fifth Estate.
Johannes M. Bauer is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Since January 2013 he also serves as the Department Chair. He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. His experience at MSU is complemented by work as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (Summer 2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). His research covers a wide range of issues related to innovation in information and communication technology industries (ICT), business models of national and global players, as well as the public policy and governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICT for society. He has developed and used computational methods to examine the effects of governance on advanced communications infrastructure and applied big data analytical methods to problems of information security. He currently serves as the Chair of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) and is a member of the Board of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS). He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Babette Boliek is an Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. She earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and also earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. While at Columbia, she was both a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a John M. Olin Fellow for Law and Economics. After law school, Professor Boliek clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey and practiced law with the New York law firm of Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler and Adelman.
Professor Boliek’s doctoral and subsequent research and writing focuses on the theoretical and quantitative analysis of legal issues in the fields of administrative, antitrust, and communications law with particular emphasis on the effects of regulations on the U.S. telecommunication industry. Professor Boliek’s scholarly writings, encompassing issues of administrative law, antitrust law and broadcast regulation, may be found in the Boston College Law Review, Fordham Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal and other scholarly outlets. Professor Boliek is also a contributor to AEI’s techpolicydaily.com and a frequent speaker on telecommunications and antitrust issues.
Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); and Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy). With a background in information engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance. Her expertise and scholarship has been featured in Science Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), New York Times, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Slate Magazine, Reuters, Forbes, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal.
She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and currently holds an international appointment as the Research Director for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She holds an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, an MEng from Cornell University, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.
Shanthi Kalathil is an adviser, consultant and speaker on development, democratization and the role of ICT in international affairs. She is co-author of Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule, a widely cited work that examined the Internet and political transition in eight authoritarian contexts. Kalathil has extensive experience advising the U.S. government, international organizations and nonprofits on supporting civil society, independent media, and the policy framework for an open Internet. In addition to recent work evaluating the effectiveness of global good governance programs and mapping Internet governance in several developing countries, she has co-directed a project examining global leaders’ use of social media and is currently developing an interdisciplinary knowledge network of communication and Internet policy experts.
Previously a Senior Democracy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a regular consultant for the World Bank, the Aspen Institute and others, she has authored or edited numerous policy and scholarly publications, including the edited volume Diplomacy, Development and Security in the Information Age (Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy), Developing Independent Media as an Institution of Accountable Governance (The World Bank), and “Internet Freedom: A Background Paper,” prepared for the Aspen Institute International Digital Economy Accords project. A former Hong Kong-based staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal Asia, Kalathil is a member of the Advisory Board to the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance. She lectures on international relations in the information age at Georgetown University. Kalathil holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is fluent in Mandarin.
Edward Lee is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is the founder and managing director of The Free Internet Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide the public with information about the latest legal and technological efforts to protect Internet freedoms around the world. Previously, he was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet Society and a professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor and co-chair of the books and commentaries office of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Williams College.
Professor Lee’s research focuses on the ways in which the Internet, technological development, and globalization challenge existing legal paradigms. His book The Fight for the Future chronicles the grassroots protests in the United States and European Union to stop two controversial copyright proposals that people feared would lead to greater policing and censorship of the Internet.
Tejas N. Narechania is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar for the Julius Silver Program in Law, Science, & Technology at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia Law School, Mr. Narechania served as a law clerk to the Hon. Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Special Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, where he held responsibility for matters relating to the Commission’s Open Internet rules. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg prize and the E.B. Convers Prize. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and has previously worked at the Microsoft Corporation.
Jon Peha is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, with experience in industry, government, and academia. In government, he served at the Federal Communications Commission as Chief Technologist, in the White House as Assistant Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and at USAID where he helped launch and led a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure. In industry, he has been Chief Technical Officer for three high-tech companies, and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft. At Carnegie Mellon, he is a Professor in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Associate Director of the university’s Center for Wireless & Broadband Networking. His research spans technical and policy issues of information networks. Dr. Peha holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford, and a BS from Brown. He is an IEEE Fellow and an AAAS Fellow, and was selected by AAAS as one of 40 Featured Science and Technology Policy Fellows of the last 40 years (“40@40″). Dr. Peha has received the FCC’s “Excellence in Engineering Award,” the IEEE Communications Society TCCN Publication Award for career contributions to spectrum management, and the Brown Engineering Medal.
Eric Sears serves as Program Officer for Human Rights at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. In this capacity, he manages grantmaking aimed at strengthening digital free expression and privacy, advancing an open and secure Internet, and supporting the incubation and development of new technologies that aid in holding individuals and institutions accountable for human rights abuses. He has previously worked at Human Rights First in New York and Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C. where he carried out a range of research and advocacy initiatives. While at Amnesty, Eric launched and managed the organization’s campaign aimed at reforming U.S. counterterrorism policies and helped create the organization’s Crisis Prevention and Response Unit. Eric holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science from Saint Louis University.
Kevin Werbach is an associate professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the founder of Supernova Group, a technology consulting firm. A leading expert on Internet and telecommunications policy, Werbach served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and then advised the FCC and Department of Commerce on broadband issues. He serves as a director of Public Knowledge, and is a fellow of the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) of the International University of Japan. For nine years he organized the Supernova conference, described by former Xerox PARC head John Seely Brown as, “one of the must-attends of the digerati and forward thinkers of the networked age.” He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress, and is quoted frequently by major national and international media.
Werbach is a pioneer in the emerging field of gamification, and co-author of For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business. Over 220,000 students worldwide have enrolled in his massive open online course (MOOC), and he was named Wharton’s first-ever “Iron Prof” for his research. Earlier in his career, he edited the influential technology newsletter Release 1.0, and helped develop the US Government’s Internet and e-commerce policies as FCC Counsel for New Technology Policy in the Clinton Administration. Werbach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as Publishing Editor of the law review, and received his bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the University of California at Berkeley.