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Biography of William Drake, Senior Associate, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

As of July 2003, William J. Drake directs the Project on the Information Revolution and Global Governance in Geneva, Switzerland. Supported by the Open Society Institute, the project is assessing the global governance of information and communication technology with special reference to public interest implications and the role of civil society organizations. He is also a Senior Associate at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva; a Research Associate of the Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University; co-editor of the new MIT Press book series, The Information Revolution and Global Politics; and an elected member (2003-2006) of the Board of Directors of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR). Other relevant current activities include: member, CPSR's delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS); organizer, CPSR's WSIS side-event on "Global Governance of ICT: Public Interest Considerations;" member, Social Science Research Council's Network on ICT Governance and Transnational Civil Society; and member, editorial boards of the journals Telecommunications Policy and Info.

Previously, Dr. Drake has been: Visiting Senior Fellow, the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, College Park; Senior Associate and founding Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; founding Associate Director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University; an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego; and an adjunct professor at both the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and at the School of Business, Georgetown University. In addition, he has been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow; a Ford Fellow in European Society and Western Security, and a MacArthur Fellow in International Security Studies, at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and an Albert Gallatin Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been a member of the U.S. delegations to two intergovernmental conferences and of various international initiatives. The latter includes World Economic Forum's Global Digital Divide Task Force, for which he prepared recommendations to the July 2000 summit of the G-8 heads of state and to the DOT Force.

Among his publications are: Toward Sustainable Competition in Global Telecommunications: From Principle to Practice---Summary Report of the Third Aspen Institute Roundtable on International Telecommunications (Aspen Institute, 1999); and the edited volumes, Governing Global Electronic Networks: International Perspectives on Policy and Power (MIT Press, forthcoming in 2004, with Ernest J. Wilson III); Telecommunications in the Information Age (United States Information Agency, 1998), and The New Information Infrastructure: Strategies for US Policy (Twentieth Century Fund, 1995). He received his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia.

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