#b#Ed Felten Named to White House Post#/b#

Edward Felten, a Princeton University computer scientist who is a leading expert on computer security, has been given a prominent position at the White House. He was recently named U.S. deputy chief technology officer in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Felten, who is Princeton’s Robert E. Kahn professor of computer science and public affairs, has been a Princeton professor since 1993 and a prominent researcher. He is well known for his work in the areas where computer science meets consumer affairs. In 2001, he wrote a famous paper explaining how to defeat SDMI watermarks, which was a digital copy protection scheme created by the music industry. In 2005 he showed that copy protection software distributed by Sony left users’ computers vulnerable to hackers.

More recently, Felten has written extensively on Bitcoin, the cryptography-based digital currency. His previous work with the government includes a stint in 2011 as chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

Felten left his university post on June 1 to take the White House job and plans to return in 2017.

“Ed Felten is a leader in the field of technology policy, and we are delighted that he will again be providing his expertise in the nation’s service,” said Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. “At this juncture in history, it is critically important to have leaders who understand both technology and policy.”

Congress established OSTP in 1976 with a mandate to advise the president and his staff on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. In his new role, Felten will work under U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith to advise the president and his staff on policy issues.

Felten’s research interests include public policy issues related to information technology. In particular, he focuses on electronic voting, technology for government transparency, and Internet policy. He contributes to CITP’s blog, “Freedom to Tinker.”

Felten has published more than 100 papers and two books on technology law and policy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at the California Institute of Technology and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington.

#b#MCCC Names New President#/b#

Jianping Wang, a veteran community college administrator, has been named the new president of Mercer County Community College, replacing retiring president Patricia Donohue on June 30.

Wang is currently vice president of academic affairs at Ocean County College in Toms River. Donohue has been president for the last eight years.

The search for the new president was conducted by a 24-member committee.

Wang received her bachelor’s degree from Hangzhou University in China in 1982 and her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993. She earned her doctorate in education from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara in 2007. Before joining Ocean County Community College, she served as director of institutional research and effectiveness at Roxbury Community College in Boston and dean of the division of Arts and Humanities at SUNY Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.

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