Michael Nelson

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Country: USA
Email: mrn24_at_georgetown.edu


Michael Nelson is a Director for Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM.[1]


As Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, Mike Nelson manages a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. His group is working with university researchers on NGi technology, shaping standards for the NGi, working closely with ICANN, and communicating IBM's vision of NGi, the Grid, and on demand computing to customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public. He chaired the Internet Society's annual INET2002 meeting. Until January, 2007, Nelson served as the Society's Vice President for Public Policy. In that role, he attended the UN's World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in 2003 and has been very involved in the second phase of WSIS in Tunis in November, 2005, and the recently-completed Internet Governance Forum. Nelson also serves on the Industry Strategy Council of the Internet2 research consortium and recently completed a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference.[2]

Career History

Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, privatize management of the Internet domain name system, and improve the reliability and security of the nation's telecommunications networks.

Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.

From 1988 to 1993, Nelson served as a professional staff member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore. He was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act.[3]


  • Ph.D. (1988) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Geophysics
  • B.S. (1981) California Institute of Technology, Geology[4]