Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson
Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft Corporation

@MikeNelson

Dr Michael Nelson works on technology futures as part of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program, a unique, trans-disciplinary masters program for students and researchers interested in how information technology is shaping society and vice versa. Since January 2008, he has been conducting research and teaching courses on The Future of the Internet, innovation, technology forecasting, and e-government, as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Michael spent almost ten years as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to that, Michael was Director for Technology Policy at the FCC, where he helped craft policies to spur the growth of the Internet. Before joining the FCC in January 1997, Michael was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications policy, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy.

Michael has a PhD from MIT and a BS from Caltech.

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Talk
Location: Westside Ballroom
Michael Nelson (Microsoft Corporation)
There's never been a better time to reconsider transparency and talk about strategic leaking. In this talk, Michael Nelson—whose career has taken him from the White House to the boardrooms of the Fortune 500—looks at the naked corporation and what information can do when it flows intentionally between companies and their ecosystems. Read more.
Panel
Location: Westside Ballroom
Moderated by:
Marshall Kirkpatrick (Little Bird)
Panelists:
Francis Irving (ScraperWiki Ltd.), Jeff Jarvis (Buzzmachine.com), Michael Nelson (Microsoft Corporation), Simon Rogers (Guardian)
The data age is having a radical effect on investigative journalism. Reporters need to know how to find stories in data and social media. What are the opportunities in data for journalists, and what does the investigative reporter of tomorrow look like? Read more.

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