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Obama tech adviser Susan Crawford plans departure

White House technology policy adviser, Susan Crawford will leave her position in January to return to the University of Michigan Law School where she is a tenured professor, according to the Obama administration.

Crawford, known as a proponent of controversial net neutrality rules, has been on temporary leave from the university to serve in the White House. That sabbatical, which began two months after she received tenure at the University of Michigan, will end in January.

“Susan has done an outstanding job coordinating technology policy at the National Economic Council where her expertise on issues from intellectual property to the Internet has been invaluable," said a White House spokesman. "We understand that she needs to return to her responsibilities in Ann Arbor, but we will miss having her wise counsel in the White House.”

Crawford has served as a technology policy coordinator for President Obama on the National Economic Council headed by Lawrence H. Summers. In that role she has been President Obama's adviser on the development of broadband Internet networks and a net neutrality policy. She has written extensively about net neutrality in her personal blog.

The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering rules that would prevent Internet service providers from controlling content on the Web in ways that could negatively impact users or give telecom and cable firms an edge over competitors. Internet service providers have fought hard against new rules, saying they would hamper their ability to manage traffic on their networks. The rules proposed at the FCC could also prevent them from cutting special deals with companies to give some content priority over others.

Crawford left her teaching position at the University of Michigan on a temporary leave to work on Obama's transition from the campaign to government. She was charged during the transition with overseeing Obama's review of the FCC along with University of Pennsylvania professor Kevin Werbach.

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By Cecilia Kang  |  October 27, 2009; 7:47 PM ET
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Washington Post editorial management, take note: Cecilia Kang's description of "network neutrality" regulation, above, is one sided and biased. As is her gushing praise of Crawford, who has done great damage both as a lobbyist and as a proponent of this unnecessary and harmful regulation.

Posted by: squirma | October 27, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Why doesnt WaPo dig a little further and find out WHY she didnt take the offered permanent position instead of chalking her departure up to her tenure in Chicago...

It wouldn't have anything to do with all the skeletons in her closet would it?

If anyone cares to know what I am referring to, please do some searches on Google to inform yourself...

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | October 28, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

How about some evidence of her having accomplished anything? The article has almost none and seems couched to please her. Almost any account of the O WH that does not appear in the press reflects major chaos, lack of understanding of how the government, on a good day gets things done, and all sorts of preening and hubris. Rahm could bring things under control, but he is busy and has been cowed into sheathing his talents. He'd fire the majority of WH staffers, with good reason. I root strongly for Obama but am largely disappointed in the WH operations. He wasn't kidding when he said he understood little of management but does it well. That was in the campaign; I believe the first part of that, but execution by the WH speaks for itself. And it is still much better than the alt.

Posted by: axolotl | October 28, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Our family appreciates Obama's position on Net Neutrality that protects The People.
We'd hate to think what would happen if a Republican were president.

Posted by: angie12106 | October 28, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

She couldn't stand sharing an office with all those crazy Marxists and NAMBLA members.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 28, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

We can suspect that Susie heard the footsteps of Glen Beck and decided to climb back into the warm comfort of academia where radical leftists enjoy safe harbor.

Posted by: bowspray | October 28, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Didn't take her long to realize that Obama is all talk and nothing more than that.

Posted by: augwest77 | October 28, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"...done great damage both as a lobbyist and as a proponent of this unnecessary and harmful regulation."


Oh please, throttling bandwidth you've paid for is unnecessary.

Posted by: Crucialitis | October 28, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

We can suspect that Susie heard the footsteps of Glen Beck and decided to climb back into the warm comfort of academia where radical leftists enjoy safe harbor.

Posted by: bowspray | October 28, 2009 3:07 PM


It's funny how often I hear this sentiment. You'd think the irony involved would keep it from being stated.

Educated people enjoying safe harbor in academia among other educated people.

Gee, maybe it's because they like dealing with other smart people...

Posted by: Crucialitis | October 28, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Crawford is leaving because the Obama administration finally recognized that she is a lobbyist (though not a registered one). She is on the advisory boards of Public Knowledge (see, which takes money from and lobbies for Google while claiming to be an independent "public interest" group. She is likewise the founder of One Web Day, and ran this organization until her appointment to the Obama Transition Team last year. One Web Day is another group which lobbies for Google's agenda and takes money from Google; in fact, it has Google chief lobbyist Rick Whitt on its board (see Crawford has advocated, in her blog and elsewhere, that the Internet be nationalized. The administration claimed that it would not hire lobbyists to work in areas in which they had recently lobbied. Maybe it is at last making good on its word.

Posted by: squirma | November 1, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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