Biography: Alan Davidson is the director of public policy for Google in the Americas. Alan opened Google's Washington DC office in 2005, and now leads its public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America. He has written and spoken widely on Internet policy issues including privacy, free speech, encryption, network neutrality, and copyright online.
Prior to joining Google, Alan was Associate Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a public interest group promoting Internet civil liberties. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's program in Communications, Culture, and Technology, and in 2004 was a Visiting Scholar with MIT's Science, Technology, and Society Program.
Like many Googlers, Alan started professional life as a computer scientist. He worked as a Senior Consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he helped design information systems for NASA's Space Station Freedom. Alan has an S.B. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.