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Another former Googler heads for an Administration post

Alan Davidson, Google’s former director of public policy, is headed for the Commerce department as director of digital economy and senior advisor to the secretary of Commerce, a new position.

In his new post, Davidson will take the lead on Internet issues, such as government surveillance, Internet governance, and privacy.

“The Commerce Department will play a central role in some of the biggest Internet policy debates of the next few years, and I am honored by this chance to make a contribution there,” Davidson said in a statement.

Since 2012, Davidson was vice president and director of the New America’s Open Technology Institute. He is also a research affiliate at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where he is a co-founder of the new MIT Information Policy Project. He opened Google’s D.C. office in 2005.

Kevin Bankston, currently OTI’s policy director, will take on the role of director of OTI.