R. David Edelman is Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC) and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He leads policy development and coordination on issues relating to the digital economy, including broadband competition and access, high-tech intellectual property, online privacy, technology trade, and Internet governance.
Beginning in 2012, he served as Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy at OSTP and NEC. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the first Director for International Cyber Policy at the White House National Security Council, where he managed issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and foreign policy. Prior to his time at the White House, he served as Policy Advisor in the State Department’s Office of Cyber Affairs, where he was responsible for developing U.S. diplomatic strategy and international legal doctrine on cyber issues, and led negotiations on Internet issues at the United Nations. He also previously served as a foreign affairs analyst specializing in Northeast Asia.
He holds a B.A. in history from Yale University, and master's and doctorate degrees in international relations from Oxford University.
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