Board of Trustees
2010 Board Election
Candidate: Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson is currently Visiting Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. Since January 2008, he has been doing research and teaching courses on the future of the Internet and technology trends as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.
Nelson is a Trustee of the International Institute of Communication, a member of the Board of FirstMile.US, and until April, 2008, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet2 university research consortium. Until February, he is the outgoing chairman of the Information, Computing, and Communications Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Professor Nelson has been heavily involved with the Internet Society for more than ten years. He was co-chair of the INET 2002 conference in Washington DC and the INET 2004 conference in Barcelona. From 2004 until 2006, he was ISOC’s Vice President for Policy, a volunteer position. He served on the ISOC Board’s Nomination Committee from 2006 until 2009. In 2009, he was elected Interim President of the Washington DC area chapter-in-formation and currently serves on its governing Council.
Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. His group worked with university researchers on NGi technology, shaped standards for the NGi, and communicated IBM's vision of NGi and the future of computing to customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public. He worked closely with governments around the world on next generation Internet technologies and applications.
Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of the nation's telecommunications networks.
Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy.
Nelson has a B.S. in geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT.