BiographyDaniel J. Weitzner is the Director and co-founder of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized
Information Group. His group studies the relationship between network architecture
and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such
as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for
Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on online privacy,
cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of
information. Weitzner 's work led to the development of the Obama Administration's
Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, adoption of an international agreement on Internet
Policymaking Principles by 34 OECD Countries, and the Administration position the
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). He also was Associate Administrator for Policy at the
United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA). Weitzner was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential
Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its
inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online
free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, crafting laws that
control government surveillance of email and web browsing data. His work on US
legislation limiting the liability of Internet Service Providers created the legal foundation
for social media services and global free flow of information online.
Weitzner’s computer science research introduced Accountable Systems architecture to
enable better awareness legal rules and automated compliance auditing. As head of
the World Wide Web Consortium’s Technology and Society group, he led the
development of security and privacy standards, and new architectures used to make
information on the Web easier to analyze. While at MIT he launched the Web Science
Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James
Hendler, a cross-disciplinary research initiative promoting research on the technical
and social impact of the Web.
Before joining MIT, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for
Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier
Foundation. He has testified before the United States Congress, the European
Commission, and leading international bodies. Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo
Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have
appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM,
the Washington Post, Wired Magazine and Social Research. In 2012 he was named to
the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top ‘Navigator’ of global Internet
Tag Cloud for Daniel Weitzner
PublicationsWeitzner, Kornbluh, Foreign Policy of the Internet,
Washington Post, July 14, 2011
Weitzner, Abelson, Berners-Lee, Feigenbaum, Hendler,
Sussman, Information Accountability, Communications
of the ACM, June 2008.
Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, James Hendler, Nigel
Shadbolt, Daniel J. Weitzner, Creating a Science of the
Web. SCIENCE VOL 313, 11 AUGUST 2006.
Ackerman, M., Darrell, T.,Weitzner, D. (2001). Privacy in
context. Human-Computer Interaction, 16, pp. 167-176
Weitzner, D, Berman, J., "Abundance and Control:
Renewing the Democratic Heart of the First Amendment
in the Age of Interactive Media," Yale Law Journal, Vol.
104, No.7, May 1995.
Weitzner, D, "Directing Policy-Making: Beyond the Net's
Metaphor," Communications of the ACM, Vol. 40, No. 2,