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Digital Society believes culture and commerce are inseparable, that the digital economy flourishes when people are free and rights are secure, and that free markets free people.

Digital Society advocates for a pro-culture, pro-commerce digital society through research, analysis and debate on emerging technology issues.
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Jon Henke

Jon Henke


Jon Henke is a political and policy consultant. He has worked in the US Senate and has been a blogger since 2003. In addition to Digital Society, he also works with the Arts+Labs coalition.

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Michael Turk

Michael Turk


Michael Turk is a political and communications consultant living in McLean, VA. In his professional career, Turk has lived at the intersection of politics, public policy and technology — crossing from the political, to the commercial and into government. He has managed Internet operations for three presidential campaigns and the Republican National Committee; managed e-government projects at the White House Office of Management and Budget and Energy Department; and worked with Grassroots Enterprise, an Internet focused public affairs firm, as a technology and activism consultant.

Most recently, Turk served as vice president of industry grassroots for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association before returning to private practice. Turk is passionate about and writes frequently about telecom policy and technology developments. Michael Turk is a partner in Craft |Media/Digital, a communications consulting firm in Washington, DC.

CONTACT: michael@wadestrategic.com

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George Ou

George Ou


George Ou was a network engineer who built and designed wired network, wireless network, Internet, storage, security, and server infrastructure for various fortune 100 companies. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP #109250). He was Technical Director and Editor at Large at ZDNet.com and wrote one of their most popular blogs “Real World IT.” In 2008, he became a Senior Analyst at ITIF.org and then helped create Digital Society.

CONTACT: george DOT ou@digitalsociety.org

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Nick R Brown

Nick R. Brown


Nick R. Brown comes to Digital Society from a background in newspaper journalism and public administration. He has served at several non-profits of various focus across the South as well as Washington, D.C. and Australia as a research associate. He currently works as a technology policy consultant and freelance reporter and is the founder and proprietor of several politically themed websites. He currently blogs at nickrbrown.com.

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Bret Swanson

Bret Swanson


Bret Swanson, a visiting fellow at Digital Society, is president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic insight firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He was previously a senior fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation, and before that advised technology investors for eight years as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report. Swanson, who advises technology companies, non-profits, and governments, presents his research on the growth of the Internet around the globe and often writes for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.com on topics ranging from communications bandwidth to globalization to monetary policy. He blogs at Maximum Entropy (bretswanson.com).
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James V. DeLong

James V. DeLong


James V. DeLong has worked on issues of intellectual property and tech generally for the Convergence Law Institute, the Progress & Freedom Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. He also had a long tenure as an independent lawyer and consultant, working primarily on energy and the environment, and his government service included tours as Research Director of the Administrative Conference of the United States; Assistant Director for Special Projects in the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the FTC; and Senior Analyst in the Office of Program Evaluation at the United States Bureau of the Budget. He started his career as a litigation lawyer with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers.

Mr. DeLong is a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was Book Review Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in U.S. History. He is the author of many scholarly and popular books, articles, commentaries, legal briefs, speeches, and blogs, and has appeared often before congressional committees.

His complete resume and list of publications is here.

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Steve Effros

Stephen R. Effros


Steve Effros has been deeply involved in telecommunications policy and practice for the past 40 years. Following stints at ABC and NBC Network News and The New York Times, Effros graduated with honors from NYU Law School (’70) and became part of the five-person FCC legal team which drafted the original 1972 set of comprehensive federal rules regulating cable television. He has been involved in the legislative and regulatory policy development of cable and broadband technology ever since.

Steve spent five years at the FCC as an attorney-advisor and then became partner in the telecommunications Law Firm of Brown & Effros.  In 1976 he became head of the Washington, DC based association representing small and independent cable television operators. He was President of the Association for 23 years. The Cable Telecommunications Association (CATA) merged with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) in 1999. Through Effros Communications and Stephen R. Effros, PC, he has acted as a consultant, advisor, analyst and weekly trade press columnist ever since. He is also a Principal in Beyond Broadband Technology LLC (BBT), a high-technology company developing a unique method of establishing a secure communications path for voice, video and data services.

Effros has also been on the teaching faculty of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) for over ten years, and has been an Adjunct Professor on telecommunications policy at George Mason University.

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