Internet, Privacy, Security, Identity

Michael Nelson

Internet Futurist, Chief Policy Advisor, Cloudflare

Dr. Michael Nelson works on global Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than four million websites. 

Previously, Mike was a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government.  He has taught Internet policy and innovation as a Visiting Professor in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program of Georgetown University.  Over ten years as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, he shaped and communicated IBM's vision for the Next Generation Internet. Prior to this position, he was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission where he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce and spur development and deployment of new technologies. Before that, Dr. Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's science advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce and information policy.

He serves on the boards of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and the European Institute. Past board roles include The Internet2 University Research Consortium, Chairman of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), Chairman of the Information, Computing, and Communication section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where he is also a Fellow.

Mike was recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum. He has a B.S. from Caltech and a Ph.D. in geophysics from M.I.T.

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