June 18, 2009
Andrew McLaughlin ’94 has been named deputy chief technology officer for the Obama Administration. Most recently, McLaughlin served as head of global public policy for Google.
As Google’s first public policy executive, McLaughlin built the company’s presence in Washington, helping to promote its position on topics such as online privacy, net neutrality and copyright.
McLaughlin is an emeritus fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at HLS, joining in 1998 as an associate director and fellow. He taught “The Law of Cyberspace” with Prof. Jonathan Zittrain and “Digital Democracy” with Prof. Charles Nesson, and he led the Center’s initiatives in developing countries.
During his Berkman Center years, he was also vice president and chief policy officer at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit group that helps coordinate the Internet’s address system. He worked on policy initiatives and global institutional relationships for the organization.
In 2001, McLaughlin was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and Time profiled him as one of its Digital Dozen.
He served on Obama’s transition team as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Policy Working Group.