On November 4, 2010, the FTC announced the appointment of Edward W. Felten, Ph.D., as the agency’s first Chief Technologist. Dr. Felten, a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, will advise the FTC on evolving technology and policy issues. Dr. Felten’s research has focused on areas including computer security, privacy, and technology law and policy. Dr. Felten has been a fierce critic of the music industry’s anti-piracy encryption scheme and has assisted with lawsuits against the RIAA. In addition, Dr. Felten provided evidence in the Microsoft antitrust case, and has served as a board member for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He also famously hacked a supposedly secure Diebold voting machine in under one minute. An official announcement of Dr. Felten’s appointment can be found here.