Back in the day, President Bill Clinton touted the development of the "information superhighway," and Vice President Al Gore not entirely accurately was reported to have stated that he had invented the Internet.
Since then, the Internet has exploded and grown exponentially. There have been many benefits, such as the potential to purchase a tremendous number of goods and services online, as well as the ability to communicate freely via social media portals such as Facebook and Twitter.
Of course, the Internet also presents risks. Indeed, the news frequently is filled with reports of privacy violations and security compromises.
Ms. Wong's appointment appears timely. The Obama administration currently is dealing with the fallout from revelations that the government has been monitoring phone and online communications of citizens as it tries to fight terrorism.
Ms. Wong is no stranger to Washington, D.C. While the legal director at Twitter, she reportedly testified before Congress with respect to the threat of Internet censorship in other countries.
Before working at Twitter, Ms. Wong was a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google. At that time, she reportedly advocated Internet freedom as a tenet of foreign policy to a Senate Judiciary Committee. And while at Google, she was a key decision-maker in dealing with government requests to remove "objectionable" links and content from YouTube, according to press reports.
There is no doubt that Ms. Wong has a stellar resume. Hopefully, her advice and counsel will be valuable to help steer Internet policy for the Obama administration going forward.