Dr. Michael Nelson
Title: Tech Strategy
Dr. Michael R. Nelson advises governments, companies, and other organizations on Internet technology issues for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than nine million Web sites worldwide. Prior to joining Cloudflare in early 2015, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, for six years, starting in January, 2009, Michael Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the CCT Program at Georgetown University. From 1998 to 2007, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to that, he was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he worked with Vice President Gore and the President Clinton's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. He earned a B.S. from Caltech and a Ph.D. from MIT.