Daniel Weitzner

Daniel Weitzner
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  • Position: Principal Research Scientist
  • Office: 32-G516
  • Phone: +1 (617) 253-8036
  • Email: djweitzner@csail.mit.edu
  • Areas of Study: Privacy, Internet Policy, Web Architecture
  • Last Update: November 6, 2015
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Daniel J. Weitzner is the Director of the MIT Internet Policy Engineering Initiative, Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL, and teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. His research includes development of accountable systems architectures to enable the Web to be more responsive to policy requirements, as well as technology policy studies of emerging Internet issues. From 2010-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. He led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies promoting the free flow of information,. He was responsible for the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the OECD Internet Policymaking Principles. Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing. In 2006 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. 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, and for laws that control government surveillance of email and web browsing data. Weitzner is a founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, led the World Wide Wed Consortium’s public policy activities, and was Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He advises governments, civil society organizations, and companies around the world on a variety of Internet public policy questions. In 2013 he received the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award.

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