Bill Drake

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Affiliation: University of Zurich
Country: Switzerland
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Bill Drake is a lecturer at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. He has previously taught at Georgetown University and the University of California at San Diego.[1]

Prof. Drake is co-editor of the book series, The Information Revolution and Global Politics, from MIT Press.[2]

Industry Participation

Bill was elected as a councillor for ICANN's Non-Commercial Users Constituency in 2008, and is set to serve through 2012; he is also a member of EURALO's Board of Directors, and was a part of the GNSO Council.[3] He was elected to the GNSO Council by the NCUC.

He has been a part of the U.N's Forum on Internet Governance since 2003,[4] and addressed a meeting of the group in Sharm El Sheikh in 2009.[5] He has been invited to the WSIS.[6]

Drake spoke on a number of topics at the 8th annual SSIG hosted in Washington, DC. Specifically, he discussed the background and progress of the IGF and the success of the IANA Transition.

Other Positions

  • Research Associate, The Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University, 1983-Present.
  • Faculty, The International Summer Schools on Internet Governance, 2007-Present.
  • Member, Group of High-Level Advisors, UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development, 2006-Present.
  • Member, Internet Governance Caucus, 2003-Present.[7]

Professional Biography

William J. Drake is an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Media Change and Innovation Division of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, where he teaches courses on Global Internet Governance, The Changing NetWorld Order, The Internet and World Politics, and the Internet and Social Change. He is also the elected Chairperson of Noncommercial Users Constituency and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the European At Large Organization in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum; a member of the multistakeholder 1Net Steering Committee; a faculty member of the European and South Schools on Internet Governance; and an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University.

Previous positions held include, inter alia: Senior Associate of the Centre for International Governance at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; President and member of the Board of Directors, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility; Senior Associate and Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; founding Associate Director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University; Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego; and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and at Georgetown University’s School of Business. 

Previous activities include, inter alia, co-editor of the MIT Press book series, The Information Revolution and Global Politics; two-term member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization in ICANN; advisor to the high-level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms; member of the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance; Vice-chairperson and founding Steering Committee member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network; member of the Group of High-Level Advisors of the United Nations’ Global Alliance for ICT and Development; member of Working Group 1 under the UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force; member of the Social Science Research Council’s Research Network on IT Governance and Transnational Civil Society; and member of the World Economic Forum’s Task Force on the Global Digital Divide.

Drake received his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.  Some of his publications include: Editor, Internet Governance: Creating Opportunities for All---The Fourth Internet Governance Forum (United Nations, 2010); Co-Editor, Governing Global Electronic Networks: International Perspectives on Policy and Power (MIT Press, 2008); Editor, Reforming Internet Governance: Perspectives from the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (United Nations, 2005); and Editor, The New Information Infrastructure: Strategies for US Policy (Century Foundation, 1995).  and [publications]