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Posted at 9:45 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Obama's deputy CTO leaves to launch start-ups

By Cecilia Kang

Andrew McLaughlin, the nation's deputy chief technology officer, said Wednesday he is resigning his post to launch two start-ups aimed at technology development in communities in the United States and abroad.

McLaughlin, who previously worked as a Google executive, oversaw many of the White House's Internet policy initiatives including Internet access regulations, the expansion of broadband connections and global cybersecurity.

The announcement of McLaughlin's departure comes a day after the Federal Communications Commission passed its controversial net-neutrality rules, which bar broadband providers from impeding Internet traffic into American homes. President Obama has endorsed the regulations, which he promised during his election campaign and said Tuesday he would work to uphold them.

McLaughlin gained special scrutiny from Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Calif.) and some privacy advocates critical of the search giant after it was discovered he corresponded by e-mail to Google employees, which breaks his ethics pledge.

Some competitors and tech industry observers have criticized the administration for the hiring of several former Google employees and the appointment of the company's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, as an economic adviser. They say the company wields too much influence in the government. Other economic advisors to the White House come from Microsoft, IBM, GE and Cisco.

In an e-mail, McLaughlin, who previously served as Google's head of global public policy, said he was ready to rejoin the private sector after two years in the White House. He will remain in Washington as he launches his start-up ventures. His last day at the White House is Thursday.

"I'm interested in fostering low-cost, collaborative tech for state and local governments, and also in supporting new start-ups in developing countriesone non-profit the other for-profit," McLaughlin wrote in an e-mail.

McLaughlin also said he will return to teaching law, which he did at Harvard University's Berkman Center seven years ago.

McLaughlin joined the White House's high-tech advisory and policy office headed by CTO Aneesh Chopra and CIO Vivek Kundra after working on President Obama's transition following the election.

"My White House experience has been fantastic, but it's been more than 2 years since I started working on the transition, and I've been feeling the itch to get entrepreneurial again," McLaughlin wrote.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 22, 2010; 9:45 PM ET
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What blatant corruption! Obama, who pledged not to hire lobbyists, received nearly $1M in campaign contributions from Google, then broke his pledge to hire McLaughlin into the White House.

McLaughlin is caught corresponding with former co-workers as he pushes for Net regulations that would benefit Google but harm the public interest. He receives only a slap on the wrist from Obama, who knows where his bread is buttered. McLaughlin then resigns the day after regulations hand-tailored to suit Google (which exceed the authority granted to the FCC by Congress!) are enacted at the FCC by Obama classmate Julius Genachowski.

And Cecilia Kang, another Google beneficiary (she's known as Google's Reporter and Lobbyist at The Post), of course fails to mention Google's largesse to Obama or the fact that McLaughlin was a lobbyist.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | December 22, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

LOL, looks like they are all jumping ship!

Posted by: clermontpc | December 23, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Brett, if any plaintiff's lawyer anywhere ever decides to start suing for libel via website comment, they'll make a fortune off of you.

Posted by: mattfwood | December 23, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Bret, whereas conservatives will blatantly start wars so their friends in arms and oil profit, compared to your google-white house claim I'd choose the latter, save lives and US treasury.

Fox News -- Greenspan: Oil the Prime Motive for Iraq War
America's elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil.

Posted by: kkrimmer | December 23, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The resignation of McLaughlin is a very significant story. We have growing cyber attacks on the government. Cyber terrorism is on the rise. Security leaks are everywhere. This is not good news.

Posted by: peterroach | December 23, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@peterroach this is not good news?? I think it's great news... Google and when he worked for them,has the United States neck on the chopping *BLOCK* censorship. Guess you don't use YouTube much, here's one for you I like the word Global guess that doesn't include US :) over 35,000 videos that foreigners can watch,comment and have a good ole time..As for Americans *BLOCKED* and if you don't think that's a security risk to the US, you are as crazy as Google...

Posted by: Susan79 | December 23, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Outing a corrupt public figure isn't libel.

It's also worth noting that "mattfwood" works for Media Access Project, an inside-the-Beltway lobbying shop which receives substantial amounts of money as well as free labor from Google. (Yes, Google pays interns to work there at no charge to MAP.)

Posted by: LBrettGlass | December 25, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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