A Strong Voice for Internet Freedom

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.  It’s a title that barely fits on a business card, but a job that is essential to the long-term success of the tech industry and the continued strength of the digital economy.  For nearly four years, the post has been held by Ambassador Phillip Verveer, who provided strong leadership on critical issues of Internet independence and expanding access to digital networks.  We appreciate his service to the nation in this role.

Now, the mantle has been handed to Daniel Sepulveda, whom President Obama tonight nominated to serve in this position with the rank of ambassador.  Sepulveda is a seasoned policy veteran who has held senior posts at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in the U.S. Senate where he worked for four Senators (Cowan, Kerry, Obama, and Boxer), and in the U.S. Department of Labor.  His extensive commerce, trade, and business policy experience will be valuable assets for the State Department and, more importantly, for our nation’s ability to advance next-generation technology solutions in the U.S. and across the globe.

The Internet and related digital tools have revolutionized the ways in which people around the world live, work, learn, and play.  That enormous influence on people’s lives carries with it enormous policy challenges and governance issues. 

I’ve worked with and known Danny for several years.  He has the drive and knowledge to excel in his new post.  Our sector – and our nation – are lucky to have his leadership.

Congratulations, Danny.  We look forward to working with you in the years ahead.

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