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Wong’s Role as Deputy CTO: Behind-the-Scenes but Influential

PRIVACY—U.S.

July 1, 2013

National Journal reports on the new deputy U.S. chief technology officer’s first week on the job. The White House appointed former Google and Twitter attorney Nicole Wong to the role—one which could have far-reaching effects on everything from the Internet to foreign policy to human rights issues. While a spokesman for Wong’s boss, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, hasn’t specified Wong’s duties, he said “chief privacy officer” doesn’t fully describe them. But Wong has a “stellar reputation for aggressively protecting individual privacy rights,” the report states. Andrew McLaughlin, a former U.S. deputy chief technology officer for Internet policy, said though Wong’s job is behind the scenes, it can be influential.
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