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Google, Twitter Vet Nicole Wong Named WH Privacy Adviser

VOA photo of Nicole Wong
VOA photo of Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong, formerly legal director at Twitter, has been appointed as a senior Internet privacy adviser to President Barack Obama, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Brian Fung writes Wong will report directly to Todd Park, White House chief technology officer.

Wong is expected to help the White House address the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and another measure intended to give government access to emails for forensic purposes, according to the report.

Prior to Twitter, she worked at Google and was responsible for the search giant’s decision regarding set of YouTube video clips that Turkey’s government asked to be taken down for insulting President Kemal Ataturk.

Wong decided to block access to the videos only inside Turkey and keep them open outside of the country, resulting in the government banning all Google products and services for two years, according to Nextgov.

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