Alan B. Davidson

Fellow, Public Interest Technology

Alan Davidson is a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America. Previously, he served as the first director of digital economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. He was also New America's vice president for technology policy and strategy and director of the Open Technology Institute. He was a research affiliate at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where he was a co-founder of the MIT Information Policy Project.

Until 2012, Davidson was the director of public policy for Google in the Americas. He opened Google's Washington, D.C. office in 2005, and led the company’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America.

Prior to joining Google, Davidson was associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a public interest group promoting civil liberties and human rights online. He has testified before Congress, written, and spoken widely on a range of Internet policy issues including free expression, privacy, content regulation, encryption, network neutrality and copyright online.

Davidson started professional life as a computer scientist. He was a senior consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he helped design information systems for NASA's Space Station Freedom Project. Davidson has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science and a master’s degree in technology and policy from MIT. He is also a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was Symposium Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

All Work

PUBLIC INTEREST TECHNOLOGY
Building our Technology Policy Future

Alan Davidson published a piece about building the field of public interest technology.


PUBLIC INTEREST TECHNOLOGY
Silicon Valley Wants an Easy Win with the Trump Administration. Here’s What They’re Hoping For.

Alan Davidson was quoted in the Washington Post about Silicon Valley’s relationship with Trump.


OTI's Davidson Heads to Commerce

Kevin Bankston, OTI's policy director, will succeed Davidson as director. “Working with Kevin Bankston has been one of the great experiences


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Technology for the People, by the People

Many initiatives are working to cultivate coding interests in women and people of color, but what more can be done?


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Build and internet for everyone, everywhere

For nearly two decades, ubiquitous access to the Internet has been the elusive dream of technologists, policymakers and ordinary users. But


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Voters agree: A free and open Internet is crucial to our economic future

Just as the transformation of the nation from an agricultural to industrial society changed the concerns of voters, so the new transformatio


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE and OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Digital Borders and Technological Sovereignty

Snowden's 2013 revelations about government spying has set off a chain reaction of debates and policy changes.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Welcome to the Future of War project!

Earlier this week, Arizona State University and the New America Foundation announced a joint project, the Future of War. The project combine