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After Stints at Google and Twitter, Wong Heads to Washington
Ending a flurry of speculation, the Obama administration announced Thursday it has plucked Nicole Wong from Twitter Inc. to serve as the White House's deputy U.S. chief technology officer.
Wong will work with CTO Todd Park, who was appointed in March 2012, on Internet, privacy and technology issues.
"She has tremendous expertise in these domains and an unrivaled reputation for fairness, and we look forward to having her on our team," Rick Weiss, director of strategic communications at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, said in a statement.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wong tweeted her announcement of the new gig. "It's official! Thrilled to join @whitehouseostp as Deputy US CTO. It's an honor to serve with such a talented and dedicated team."
News that Wong was leaving the social networking site, where she has been the company's legal director of products since November, first surfaced last month. Since then, privacy issues and the intersection of government and technology have made headlines daily as revelations have been made about the ways in which companies comply with the government's requests for data. Twitter was not among the tech companies alleged to be cooperating with the National Security Agency's PRISM program.
Wong, a former vice president and deputy general counsel of Google Inc., has garnered admiration in the industry and beyond as a champion of free speech and privacy -- sometimes uneasy brethren.
"She's experienced, thoughtful, pragmatic and a real believer in the power of the Internet to promote the public good," Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, said in an email. "It's a wonderful choice for the White House to have made."