I’m passionate about the issues that play out in the intersection of technology, society, and policy. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years focused on online safety technologies, with publications cited by both the United States Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Career wise, I’m a communications professional with over 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and public affairs. My experience has focused on information security, privacy, and safety. I’ve spent most of my time in public relations, where I’ve written lots of things, including published articles, white papers, testimony, and research. I’ve often been a spokesperson, and I’ve given hundreds of interviews and managed both proactive and reactive media, including more than a few crises.
I currently work as a senior communications manager for Microsoft, where I direct internal and external communications for policymakers in the areas of privacy and online safety. My external initiatives include managing marketing campaigns directed at policymakers, and creating written materials, including a series of position papers comprising Building Global Trust Online: Policy Perspectives on Privacy, Safety and Security. My internal initiatives include monitoring and tracking global policy developments, and creating weekly tracking and monthly analysis reports examining the policy, media, advocacy, and research landscapes related to privacy and online safety.
Prior to working at Microsoft, I managed communications for two information security companies, Secure Computing and N2H2. While at N2H2 I testifying about online safety technologies before the Congressional Commission on Child Online Protection (COPA), the Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Copyright Office in the 2003 DMCA exemption hearings.
Before I worked in marketing, I was an IT manager, and before that, a librarian. My full CV is available on my LinkedIn profile. While I haven’t been technical for a while, I still maintain some technical certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).
From 1997 until 2000, I ran a successful 501(c)(3) organization named Filtering Facts, which promoted online safety. My advocacy included testifying as an expert witness in the filtering case Mainstream Loudon v. Board; before the National Commission on Library and Information Science; as well as state legislatures, city councils, and local library boards. From 2001 to 2002, I did a stint as a consultant to the Department of Justice legal team that successfully defended the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and it was one of the greatest joys of my life to see the research report I wrote cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in their ruling upholding CIPA.
I currently live in Seattle with my wife and our two children, aged 10 and 13. For those who are interested, there is more about my tastes, interests, etc. on my Facebook page.
– David Burt