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Former State Department Policy Advisor to Join New America's OTI

Ben Scott To Serve As Institute’s Senior Advisor
Published:   July 23, 2012

Ben ScottWashington, DC — The New America Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Ben Scott, former policy advisor for innovation to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will join its Open Technology Institute (OTI) as senior advisor to lead the expansion of the institute’s international policy work.  

Scott —who will be based in Berlin where he is a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung — will provide strategic guidance and expertise on Internet freedom and other technology policy issues. 
“As the power of networks becomes increasing clear in international politics, civil society leaders must create new forms of networked advocacy to develop ideas, strengthen coalitions, and coordinate initiatives across the world,” Scott said. “The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute has the right mix of technical and policy expertise to serve as a global nexus of ideas that will make this vision a reality.”
Sascha Meinrath, New America vice president and director of OTI, said he is thrilled to have Scott help guide the institute in its work.
“Ben Scott’s expertise combines extensive domestic and foreign policy knowledge with the ability to work both inside and outside government to guide long-term strategic interventions,” Meinrath said. “Ben’s experience working with the U.S. Secretary of State to shape the Internet freedom agenda will be an essential asset in expanding OTI’s role in Europe and around the globe.”
As policy advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Scott helped to craft the 21st Century Statecraft agenda, which  focuses on technology policy, social media, and economic development.  
In the six years prior to joining the State Department, Scott served as policy director for Free Press, the largest non-profit organization in the United States dealing exclusively with media and communications policy. He led an effort to expand affordable access to an open Internet and to promote an increase in public service journalism. 
Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University and received his doctorate from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
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New America's Open Technology Institute formulates policy and regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open technologies and communications networks.

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