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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Jonathan Mayer – Adventures in Bureaucracy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

This talk will not be live-streamed or videotaped.

No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only.Please contact Jean Butcher at  if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

How does the federal government develop and implement technology policy? Thanks to the generosity of the Hewlett Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, Jonathan had a unique opportunity to participate in the machinery of government. From 2015 to 2017, he was the chief technologist of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, and from 2017 to 2018, he served as the technology advisor to Senator Kamala D. Harris. In this informal and off-the-record lunch talk, Jonathan will explain the initiatives that he worked on in Washington, including projects related to consumer privacy, surveillance, election security, and foreign propaganda. He’ll also share lessons learned for engaging with regulatory agencies and legislative offices.


Jonathan Mayer is an assistant professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University. Before joining the Princeton faculty, Jonathan served as the technology law and policy advisor to United States Senator Kamala Harris and as the chief technologist of the Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau. Jonathan’s research centers on the intersection of technology and law, with emphasis on national security, criminal procedure, and consumer privacy. Jonathan is both a computer scientist and a lawyer, and he holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Jean Butcher, , 609-258-9658 at least one week prior to the event.