Currently a Visiting Scholar at MIT, Davidson is one of the pioneers of Internet policy, starting with his work in the field in 1995 at the Center for Democracy and Technology, where he promoted civil liberties and human rights in the new digital space. Davidson then founded Google’s Washington, DC policy shop in 2005, and is the co-founder of the new MIT Information Policy Project. His start date at OTI and New America will be March 31.
“Alan brings world-class expertise in technology policy to New America, along with a wealth of technical and management strengths. We are fortunate to have him on board,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America. “Given his track record working on civil liberties issues at CDT, to directing policy at Google, to his current work at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Alan will provide excellent leadership for OTI into the future. He will build on the great work that Sascha imagined and brought into being.”
“As a long-time admirer of OTI, I am excited by this chance to contribute to its work on technology and policy in the service of opportunity and freedom,” said Davidson. “And I am eager to bring OTI's expertise to bear on New America's work on the brilliant ideas that will shape our future.”
OTI Founder Sascha Meinrath's leadership of the X-Lab is effective immediately. "I've had the singular joy of creating, and then directing for seven years, New America's Open Technology Institute, which has successfully catalyzed innovative and disruptive interventions," Meinrath said. "Now I'm thrilled to launch a new exciting project at New America: the X-Lab, with an eye towards continued experimentation and tech innovation in the service of the public good. Alan Davidson will provide OTI with strong leadership going forward, and I look forward to collaborating with him."