Michael R. Nelson

Michael R. Nelson

December 16, 2015

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Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 4 million Web sites worldwide. Prior to joining CloudFlare in 2015, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and before that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst at Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Dr. Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on futures and forecasting as well as the evolution of the Internet at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson worked for almost ten years at IBM. He started his career in Washington, DC, working for Senator Gore, then chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space. After five years on Capitol Hill, he moved to the White House and worked with Vice President Gore and the President’s science adviser on issues relating to telecommunications policy, cybersecurity, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. Dr. Nelson has a B.S. from Caltech and a Ph.D. from MIT.