Ashkan Soltani, a 20-plus-year technology consultant and researcher, has been named chief technologist of the Federal Trade Commission.
He will succeed Latanya Sweeney, who will return to Harvard University’s data privacy lab as director, and advise the FTC on technology and policy issues beginning in November, the FTC said Tuesday.
“I am pleased to welcome Ashkan to our talented team, where he will play a vital role in continuing our important work on behalf of American consumers,” said Edith Ramirez, FTC chairperson.
Soltani previously served as staff technologist for FTC between 2010 and 2011.
He was also a manager and consultant for Sophos and another security technology firm.
Soltani also worked as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and as a researcher for The New York Times.