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Michael Nelson

Communication, Culture, and Technology


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Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare and is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology program. He has taught a class supported through the Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars project. He previously was a policy analyst for Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and Bloomberg Government. Prior to 2008, he spent 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. Before joining IBM, Nelson worked as director for technology policy at the Federal Communications Commission and served as special assistant for information technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he worked with Vice President Al Gore and the president's science advisor on Internet-related issues. He has a B.S. in geology from California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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