Director and Co-Founder, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group
Danny Weitzner is the Director and co-founder of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) Decentralized Information Group, which studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges. Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception.
From 2011 to 2012, Weitzner was the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information. As head of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Technology and Society group, he led the development of security and privacy standards, and new architectures used to make information on the Web easier to analyze. Before joining MIT, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Weitzner has a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College and a law degree from Buffalo Law School.