Faith (Ackerman) Cranor
1992 WISE Alumni
The summer I spent in the WISE
program was extremely influential on my career path. It gave me new
insights into the types of career opportunities that could combine my
interests in technology and public policy, and I learned a great deal
about the policy making process. I subsequently decided to
pursue a doctoral degree in Engineering & Policy at Washington
University in St. Louis, focusing on computers and telecommunications
When I graduated I joined
AT&T Labs-Research as a Senior Technical Staff Member. As an
AT&T researcher I have been able to work on a variety of projects
that take advantage of my interest and expertise in technology policy
issues. I travel to Washington, DC every few weeks to talk to
government policy makers or advise industry groups. Topics I have
focused on include technology to protect children on the Internet,
electronic voting, and online privacy issues.
I have served on a Federal
Trade Commission advisory committee on online privacy, testified as an
expert witness in two cases involving challenges to state laws
restricting speech on the Internet, and spoke at a privacy technology
demonstration at the US Capital.
My experience as a WISE intern
helped familiarize me with the Washington technology policy scene and
made it easier for me to come up to speed quickly on the
policy-related aspects of my job.
From my experience, there
seems to be a great shortage of people who have both technology and
policy skills. I get many more requests to assist with projects that
require navigating through technology policy issues than I have time
Hopefully the WISE program
will be able to continue to motivate students to pursue studies (and
subsequently careers) in this important area.
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