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Robert Strayer Joins State Dept as Tech Policy Lead

Robert Strayer

Robert Strayer, former general counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has joined the State Department as deputy assistant secretary for cyber and international communications and information policy.

Strayer will lead U.S. engagement on technology policy and digital economy with international organizations in his new role, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said Thursday.

“As the primary external representative for the United States’ technology policy, Strayer will coordinate the engagement and positions of a range of economic and diplomatic agencies to advocate a platform that promotes innovation and emerging technologies,” said CCIA President and CEO Ed Black.

Black added CCIA hopes that Strayer receives an ambassadorship to help him advocate on behalf of the U.S. digital economy.

Strayer previously served as adjunct law professor at the George Mason University’s law school; director of the homeland security project at the Bipartisan Policy Center; and counsel and Republican deputy staff director on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

He also worked at law firm WilmerHale, where he practiced telecommunications law.

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