CMU professor tapped to be FTC's chief technologist
December 3, 2015 1:02 PM
Lorrie Faith Cranor, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will succeed Ashkan Soltani as the chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission.
Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Faith Cranor has been tapped by the Federal Trade Commission to serve as the agency’s chief technologist, starting in January.
Ms. Cranor will advise FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on developing technology and policy matters, according to an announcement from the agency.
Ms. Cranor, a professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, directs the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory. She was previously a researcher at AT&T Labs Research and has also taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
She succeeds Ashkan Soltani in the chief technologist role.
“Technology is playing an ever more important role in consumers’ lives, whether through mobile devices, personal fitness trackers, or the increasing array of Internet-connected devices we find in homes and elsewhere,” said Ms. Ramirez in a prepared statement. “We are delighted to welcome Lorrie to our team, where she will play a key role in helping guide the many areas of FTC work involving new technologies and platforms.”
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