Former White House adviser to lead new cybersecurity project at MIT

Dr. Edelman spent the last six years in the White House, where he was a lead author of U.S. cybersecurity policy.
Dr. Edelman spent the last six years in the White House, where he was a lead author of U.S. cybersecurity policy.

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Today MIT announced that a former major White House adviser is joining the Institute to direct a new project focused on cybersecurity and the economy.

R. David Edelman served on President Obama's National Economic Council, National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He will direct MIT's new Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security.

“I am excited to welcome David to MIT’s Internet Policy team” said Daniel J. Weitzner, Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL.  “Our goal at IPRI is to develop technically-grounded Internet public policy options for governments around the world. David’s government leadership and international relations scholarship will help us to develop new research agendas speaking to the most pressing problems faced by policymakers. ”

According to a news release, The Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security (TENS) — part of CSAIL’s IPRI — will build on MIT’s contributions to international cybersecurity, privacy and surveillance, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles through regular seminars, publications, and an active community of experts based in Cambridge.