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.