Susan P. Crawford

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Susan P. Crawford
Susan P. Crawford in New York City in November, 2017.jpg
Susan Crawford keynotes a Knight News Challenge event in New York City, November 2017.
Born (1963-02-27) February 27, 1963 (age 54)
Santa Monica, California
Nationality USA
Alma mater Yale University (B.A., J.D.)
Occupation professor of law
Known for legal and technology expert

Susan P. Crawford (born February 27, 1963) is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has served as President Barack Obama's Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and is a columnist for WIRED. She is a former Board Member of ICANN, the founder of OneWebDay, and a legal scholar. Her research focuses on telecommunications and information law.

Early life and education[edit]

Crawford was born in 1963 and grew up in Santa Monica, where she attended Santa Monica High School, and played violin in the "Samohi" orchestra. According to her own website, she spent most of her time "hanging out in the band room" there.

Crawford received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. While at Yale, Crawford was the principal violist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra[1] and continues her daily practice and occasionally performs publicly.[2]


After earning her law degree, Crawford served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to become a professor.

After first teaching at Cardozo School of Law in New York City, Crawford became a visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School in the fall of 2007. After visiting at Yale Law School in the spring of 2008, she was admitted to the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School.[3] On July 1, 2010 Crawford rejoined the faculty at Cardozo, and also commenced as a Visiting Research Collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton.[4]

For calendar year 2012, Crawford visited Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government as the Stanton Professor of the First Amendment [5] and also was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School [6]

Since 2015 she has been on the faculty of Harvard Law School.

Internet activism[edit]

Crawford served as a member of the Board of Directors for ICANN from 2005-2008.[7] In 2005 she founded OneWebDay - a global celebration of the Internet. She is known as a champion of net neutrality, and has written on many other current policy issues.

In 2012, Yale University Press published her book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.”[8]

In April 2014, Crawford proposed that a possible solution to net neutrality concerns may be municipal broadband.[9]

Public service[edit]

Crawford and Kevin Werbach served on the Federal Communications Commission Review team in the Obama transition.[10][11] In early 2009 Crawford was appointed the President's Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.[12] In October 2009 it was announced that she would step down when her one-year sabbatical from the University of Michigan ended in January 2010.[13]

In October 2011 Crawford was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation.[14]

External links[edit]





  1. ^ "Cardozo Life : Winter 2004". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Concert Program July 16, 2006". Rock Creek Chamber Players. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  4. ^ "In about 20 days". Susan Crawford. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
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  7. ^ "ICANN Board: Thanks to Susan Crawford". 
  8. ^ "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  9. ^ Crawford, Susan (28 April 2014). "The Wire Next Time". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  10. ^ "Susan Crawford on Obama FCC transition team". 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  11. ^ Condon, Stephanie (14 November 2008). "Obama team takes on more tech execs". CNET 
  12. ^ Phillips, Macon (July 1, 2009). "Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff". Blog. The White House. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  13. ^ Kang, Cecilia (October 27, 2009). "Obama tech adviser Susan Crawford plans departure". Post Tech. Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  14. ^ "Announcing BigApps 3.0, New Technology Council, and Immigration Seminars for Start-Ups". October 11, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2012.