Center for Democracy and Technology Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ari Schwartz will be leaving his current post to become senior Internet policy adviser at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Schwartz will begin his new role Aug. 30, 2010 and will work with the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force on information security and other issues. He will be leaving CDT after 13 years of service.
“I have always had great admiration and respect for those in public service,” Schwartz said. “I have been on the lookout for the right position in the federal government and I’m confident that this is it. NIST’s work on Internet issues is at a critical juncture and NIST and the Department of Commerce are taking the lead on some really key issues right now.”
Schwartz is known for his support of Internet privacy rights and he will focus on cybersecurity, privacy and standards issues at NIST. He will serve as an adviser to NIST Director Patrick Gallagher on issues under the NIST’s Committee on Technology.
“Those projects already have well-establish goals with ambitious objectives and I hope that I can be a key player in getting that work done and taking on new challenges as they arise,” he said.
Schwartz is currently a member of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, which advises NIST, the Office of Management and Budget and Congress on cybersecurity and privacy issues. Once he assumes his position with NIST, he will leave the board.