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Obama Picks High-Tech and Washington Veteran to Transition Team

A veteran of Internet business operations and Washington tech policy was named to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, a move that could signal the prominence of high-tech policy in the new administration.

Julius Genachowski, a former executive of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, will help Obama choose members of his new administration, according to Obama's transition headquarters in Chicago.

Genachowski, who served at the Federal Communications Commission as chief counsel to former Democratic Chairman Reed Hundt, has been advising Obama's campaign on tech policy issues and chaired a group of advisors on the president-elect's Tech & Innovation Plan.

With a relationship with Obama that goes back to their days at Harvard Law School, Genachowski helped push technology issues to a more prominent spot in the campaign, according to analysts and high-tech lobbyists.

Among those issues are laws that would prevent telecommunications carriers from slowing, blocking, or placing other controls on Internet content over their networks.

Obama has said he would also focus on protecting online privacy of users and improve access to broadband Internet services by increasing speed standards for broadband and freeing up more government spectrum for public use.

"Julius is a true believer in the power of technology to change lives and I think that bodes well for the Obama administration that someone like him is part of the transition team," said Rick Whitt, Google's Washignton telecom and media counsel.

Whitt and others say Julius is viewed with a unique mix of experience both as an executive of business operations at IAC and as a Washington policy expertise. He's not viewed as a traditional lobbyist, which fits with Obama's promises of injecting fresh perspectives into his government.

He is a co-founder and managing director of Rock Creek Ventures, and a special advisor at General Atlantic. He is also a board member at The Motley Fool, Website Pros, Beliefnet, and Marc Ecko Enterprises, and is part of the founding group that launched New Resource Bank, according to the Web site for LaunchBox, an investment firm he helped found.

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 5, 2008; 6:03 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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Posted by: thomasxstewart | November 6, 2008 8:01 AM

Maybe Barry isnt as stupid as we thought...

Though he has a lot to prove in order to come out of his presidency smelling like a rose ;)

Posted by: indep2 | November 6, 2008 8:57 AM

Nice article. Incredibly stupid comments.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | November 6, 2008 11:32 AM

inept2 posted Nov. 6, 2008 8:57 AM
"Maybe Barry isnt as stupid as we thought..."

Gee.. if you had paid attention instead of repeating hate radio talking points you would have known President-elect Obama will be a true leader not a divider.

Posted by: knjincvc | November 6, 2008 12:37 PM


Until he does something to unite us, ill keep on keeping on.

Remember, the popular vote spread was only 7 million. Thats half the size of NYC.

That means that half the country is still divided on his leadership and intentions.

Enjoy your cool-aid

Posted by: indep2 | November 6, 2008 1:18 PM

Possibly, indep2, your "half" has a few more unlettered and untutored participants than the majority "half".

Posted by: geofrumohio | November 6, 2008 3:26 PM

What do you mean my "half" ?

Posted by: indep2 | November 6, 2008 3:40 PM

These guys are OUTSOURCERS! Every last one of them, Emanuel, Genachowski, etc is calling for even more H1-B visas and even more hi-tech job outsourcing. This is precisely opposite of what we were told. I worked hundreds of hour to elect Obama. I gave hudreds of dollars of my own money to his campaign. President Obama? Were you lying to us when you said you would end this nonsense? Look, I and hundreds of thousands of people worked damn hard to elect you. If you screw us, believe me, we will return the favor!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 6, 2008 4:48 PM

Hey milbrooks27

What are you going to tell him once he announces Amnesty for all 25 million illegals?

You know its coming... He has already promised it to them...

Posted by: indep2 | November 7, 2008 7:57 AM

I am going to wait and see - it is possible (even probable) that with new policies these things will turn around. I want to see high tech employment back in the US. Problem is - if we are not in there keeping up we can get lost quickly. I think they are going to have to realize soon that there are good people looking for high tech work in this country. If you are not employed right now - go looking in the public sector. You will have to take a hit from what you are used to getting paid, but at least you'll still be in the game when the ball starts bouncing up again.

Posted by: wwwqueen | November 7, 2008 9:39 AM

Why do you permit comments here where the nature of the subject generates really stupid ones, and not on Andrew Vanacore's news article, IBM TO HELP BUILD BROADBAND NETWORK IN POWER LINES, where there are significant technical issues to discuss?

Posted by: PoliticallyNaive | November 12, 2008 11:21 PM

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