Susan Crawford

Professor and Former White House Technology Adviser

Susan Crawford is the visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, a professor at Cardozo Law School and a contributor to Bloomberg View and Wired. She is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she leads the organization's work on making high-speed Internet access a universal, affordable resource for all Americans.

In 2009, Ms. Crawford served as special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She is a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.

Ms. Crawford was formerly a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. As an academic, she teaches open government policy, Internet law and communications law. In 2012, Yale University Press published her book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. She was a member of ICANN’s board of directors from 2005–2008 and founded OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the Internet that takes place every year on Sept. 22.

Ms. Crawford was named one of Fast Company’s most influential women in technology and was an IP3 Awardee; she was also named one of Prospect’s top 10 brains of the digital future and one of Newsweek's 100 digital disruptors. She is a member of the boards of Public Knowledge and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and serves as a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center.

Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) in Washington, D.C. until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. A violist, Susan lives in New York City and Cambridge, Mass.

Twitter handle: 
@scrawford

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