For almost 25 years, Michael Nelson has been shaping the evolution of the Internet and helping businesses and governments realize its full potential.
Michael R. Nelson is a Visiting Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program. Since 2008, he has been doing research and teaching courses on “The Future of the Internet” and technology trends as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy. Michael Nelson has also been working as a Research Associate at the CSC Leading Edge Forum.
Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Michael Nelson 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. His group worked with university researchers on NGi technology, shaped standards for and communicated IBM’s vision of NGi and the future of computing to customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public. He also worked closely with governments around the world on next generation Internet technologies and applications.
Prior to joining IBM in 1998, Michael Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There, he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of the nation’s telecommunications networks.
Before joining the FCC in 1997, Michael R. Nelson 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, information technology, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy.
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In 2003 Michael Nelson was selected as the Internet Society’s Vice President for Public Policy. In that role, he attended the UN World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in 2003 and was highly involved in the second phase of WSIS in 2005, as well as the recently-completed Internet Governance Forum.
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Michael Nelson is serving on the Applications, Middleware, and Services Advisory Council of the Internet2 university consortium. In 2008, he became the chairman of the Information, Computing and Communications Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Michael R. Nelson has a B.S. in Geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT.