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Dr. Michael Nelson

BOD.NelsonDr. Michael Nelson is part of the public policy team at CloudFlare. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University since 2009, where his teaching and research focus has been on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government and consults on information technology trends and Internet policy.

Dr. Nelson previously worked at Microsoft as a Principal Technology Policy Strategist, where he helped define Microsoft's vision of the connected future and help governments around the world understand and promote emerging technologies. Prior to that, Dr. Nelson was a Technology Policy Analyst for Bloomberg Government and Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM. In this role he managed a team helping to define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy. Before joining IBM, Dr. Nelson served as Director of Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. From 1993 to 1997 he was Special Assistant for Information Technology in 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, e-commerce and information policy.

Dr. Nelson holds a BS in Geology from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.