Ashkan Soltani Named FTC Chief Technologist

ftc_seal_newThe Federal Trade Commission today appointed Ashkan Soltani its chief technologist. Soltani in April was named a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service recipient as a contributor to Washington Post coverage of NSA surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden.

Soltani served as a staff technologist at the FTC from 2010-11 and succeeds Dr. Latanya Sweeney, the founder of Harvard’s Data Privacy Lab, where she’s returning as director.

“Technology and online and mobile platforms are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace and will remain a key focus for the FTC as more and more consumers adopt mobile devices and tablets,” said FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez in the announcement. “I am pleased to welcome Ashkan to our talented team where he will play a vital role in continuing our important work on behalf of American consumers.”

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