Michael R. Nelson

Senior Fellow
Technology and International Affairs Program
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Mike Nelson is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which studies the implications of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence.
 

Education

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., California Institute of Technology

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Mike Nelson is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decisionmakers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Carnegie, he started the global public policy office for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 10 million websites around the world. Nelson has also served as a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and before that was a senior technology and telecommunications analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was director of internet technology and strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s next generation internet strategy. He has served as chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves as a trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. In 1993, he joined Vice President Al Gore at the White House and worked with President Bill Clinton’s science adviser on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.

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  • Paper November 24, 2021
    Taiwan’s Opportunities in Emerging Industry Supply Chains

    The pandemic, structural changes, and geopolitical competition have all led to an acute supply chain crisis. Taiwan stands to benefit, but it needs policy changes and technology investments first.

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  • Connecting wires
    Article October 28, 2021
    Three Takeaways From China’s New Standards Strategy

    The Chinese government has unveiled plans to reshape a vast array of technical standards that shape the products and services that consumers around the world rely on, but Beijing’s designs could spawn unintended consequences.

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  • Data Center Full of Rack Servers
    August 17, 2021
    The Korean Way With Data: How the World’s Most Wired Country Is Forging a Third Way

    This volume digs deeply into what we call “the Korean way with data.” It explores Korea’s distinctive experiences, successes, failures, and recalibrations. And it aims to address the question of what can and should be learned from innovative Korean policies and practices.

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  • How Standard Setting Can Help Taiwan Grow Its Global Role
    Article March 9, 2021
    How Standard Setting Can Help Taiwan Grow Its Global Role

    Taiwan’s prowess in high-tech manufacturing and data privacy could make Taiwan firms unsung heroes of the global competition over standard setting for emerging technologies.

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  • Lessons Learned From the Iowa Caucus Snafu
    Op-Ed The Hill February 6, 2020
    Lessons Learned From the Iowa Caucus Snafu

    Those who tuned in to see the results from the Iowa caucuses were surprised to learn that a poorly-designed smartphone app prevented proper compilation of the results.

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  • Emerging Industry Supply Chains: Opportunities for Taiwan
    November 30, 2021 Live Online
    Emerging Industry Supply Chains: Opportunities for Taiwan

    A global rethink of supply chains means that some economies will have opportunities to attract investment, build out new industries, and diversify their growth drivers. Taiwan is positioned to benefit from these shifts, but requires policy changes and technology investments to fully take advantage.

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  • How Korea Can Unleash the Power of Data
    September 15, 2021 Live Online
    How Korea Can Unleash the Power of Data

    The United States, Europe, and China are not the only major digital players crafting the data policies that are shaping the Internet, the cloud, and the software and apps using them. A new volume edited by Evan A. Feigenbaum and Michael Nelson explores what lessons can be learned from South Korea.

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  • Future of Open-source Architectures
    December 14, 2020 Zoom Webinar
    Future of Open-source Architectures

    In recent years, free and open-source software and hardware have gathered increasing interest, both from the business and academic community. This session explored the architecture behind open-source development, open-source business models, and potential regulations.

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  • Internet Governance: How to Advance Digital Cooperation and Leadership
    July 28, 2020 Live Online
    Internet Governance: How to Advance Digital Cooperation and Leadership

    The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated adoption of digital technology for remote work, online learning, and e-commerce. Governments are eager to spur innovation and create new digital jobs, but this comes against a backdrop of deepening fissures over how the Internet should be governed.

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  • Machine Learning and AI: A Transatlantic Conversation
    January 21, 2020 Washington, DC
    Machine Learning and AI: A Transatlantic Conversation

    How do the U.S. and EU approaches to AI compare and what is the role for transatlantic cooperation?

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