Edward Felten, a Princeton University computer scientist who is a leading expert on computer security, has been named deputy chief technology officer in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. The White House announced the appointment this afternoon. Felten has been teaching at Princeton University since 1993. In 2005, he was named director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include public policy issues related to information technology, including electronic voting, cybersecurity policy, technology for government transparency, and Internet policy.
He has published more than 100 papers and two books on technology law and policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow at the Association for Computing Machinery. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from the California Institute of Technology and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington.