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Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow for Digital Policy

Council on Foreign Relations

District of Columbia


Consumer Technology Government International Policy Policy Privacy

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is Senior Fellow for Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. She served as U.S. Ambassador in Paris to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development where she negotiated the first global Internet Policymaking Principles. She was Policy Director for then-Senator Obama, deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department, and director of the Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission. Kornbluh was executive vice president of Nielsen, responsible for global public policy, privacy, and corporate social responsibility. She has written in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, and Harvard Journal of Law and Technology have concerned about topics including access to innovation and a “foreign policy of the Internet.” She founded the New America Foundation's Work and Family Program and was profiled in the NY Times, “Fighting for Economic Equality.”

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