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Susan Crawford

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Wow. This is wonderful. Two of my favorite people and the two people who I know who are the most qualified for this job have been chosen by Obama to lead the FCC transition team. Congratulations Susan and Kevin! Maybe we'll save the Internet after all.

If the new administration keeps choosing teams like this, we're in for some really good change.

TV Week

November 14, 2008 12:39 PM
Obama Assembles FCC Transition Team

By Ira Teinowitz

President-elect Barack Obama today named two academics to head his transition team looking at issues and personnel for the Federal Communications Commission.

Susan Crawford, a University of Michigan law professor of communications law, and Ken Werbach, a Wharton School assistant professor and a former counsel for new technology policy at the FCC during the Clinton administration, will lead the team.

Ms. Crawford is a former partner of a Washington law firm that specializes in communications law and recently left the board of directors of ICANN, a group that oversees Internet domain-name registration. Mr. Werbach edited Release 1.0, a technology newsletter, and founded Supernova Group, a technology analysis and consulting firm.

The Obama transition team includes a number of former FCC officials, but under the conflict-of-interest rules adopted by the president-elect's team, many may be barred from directly examining FCC issues.

President-elect Obama's office said today that Ms. Crawford and Mr. Werbach are part of the Science, Tech, Space and Arts Team that will be directed by Tom Wheeler, a former president of National Cable and Telecommunications.

Oh, and it should be "Kevin" not "Ken"... hmm.

via Dewayne via IP


Well, it seems the Obama Administration looks more and more like a meritocracy. I too can't help but feel optimistic, seeing so many capable and effective people being asked to join in the work.

This is most excellent news! Thanks for pointing this news out.

Great pick, Obama will be good for web2.0 technologies and the Internet revolution at large.

Woot! If gets a top job, I can guess what his security service code name will be: Rogue. :-)

This bodes well. He clearly wants the A Team.

I follow Werbach's work since 2001. He has good intuition and is visionary, just like Esther Dyson. This is really great news.

Ms Crawford congratulations on your appointment!
You have your work cut out for you. Since the DTV transition has deprived many ordinary American citizens access to news and information. I can speak of this because I am one. I have read the FCC's mission statement and the important section of the Telecommunication Act of 1996. It states plainly make available to ALL THE PEOPLE without discrimination. I'm guessing that will apply to me.

Please provide a way from me to discuss this important topic with you by providing a telephone number or an internet based address. I feel I am being discriminated against and I'm thinking 19,000,000 other households in the US would agree with me.

With Respect,
Debra Kelly

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