FTC Names First Chief Technologist and New Executive Director: The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has appointed Princeton University Professor Edward Felton as its first Chief Technologist, to advise the agency on new technologies and policy issues. Felton is a professor of computer science and public affairs and was the founding director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He has also consulted with various agencies, including the FTC, where he currently consults. He will start full-time at his new position in January. The appointment has been widely applauded as the FTC enters a new era with an increasing number of high-profile technology cases.
The FTC also announced that Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Chief Operating Officer Eileen Harrington has been appointed to be the FTC’s Executive Director. An experienced choice, Harrington worked at the FTC for 25 years before her tenure at the SBA. While at the FTC, Herrington was awarded the Service to America Medal for leading in the creation of the National Do Not Call Registry in 2004.