White House Internet Privacy Committee: Our Dream Team

The White House


The Federal government has announced it is finally taking a serious stand on Internet privacy–or at least, it’s convening a committee to figure out exactly what the issues are. The White House’s Committee on Privacy and Internet Policy, part of the Office of Science and Technology, will advise the executive branch on internet privacy.

Steven Chu. Even if it’s a staffer posting in his name to
the Energy Department blog
or maintaining his regularly updated public Facebook page, Chu’s internet
footprint is a breath of fresh air. It’s rare to see a cabinet member
whose public social media presence is so well represented.

James Gilmore. Although he doesn’t actually work
at the DHS, former Virginia
governor Gilmore raised questions
about privacy issues
that led to crucial reforms at the department. Gilmore is just the kind of Internet policy
wonk a committee like this needs.

Jared Cohen. Fast Company
has written about Cohen before (he’s now at Google Ideas).
The former Policy Planning staff member’s research and publications
on Internet use among young people in censorship societies, such as Iran,
shows a keen awareness of privacy issues. In 2009, Cohen was reportedly responsible for keeping Twitter online during
the “Green Revolution” demonstrations in Tehran.

John Porcari.
The DOT doesn’t immediately
pops to mind when thinking of online privacy. But Porcari is an Internet wonk who helped
introduce Twitter- and Facebook- based “open government”
initiatives at the DOT
. Outside-the-box thinking in government?
Why not?

No one. watchdog group
the Center for Democracy and Technology
notes that HHS is rolling
back health privacy protections
for the dead. The ramifications
for the living aren’t too good either.