Gary Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Public Affairs and Coordinator, 21st Century Project

"The Internet and the Obama Administration — So Far"

Gary Chapman is a senior lecturer at the LBJ School, which he joined in 1994. He teaches classes and conducts research on Internet policy, telecommunications and technology policy, and how the Internet revolution shapes organizations. He is also associate director of the university's Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, a campus-wide research program. He has written numerous articles on technology and society for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Technology Review, Communications of the ACM and many others.

From 1995 to 2001 he was an internationally syndicated columnist on technology for The Los Angeles Times, and his column, called "Digital Nation," was carried in over 200 newspapers and Web sites. Chapman was also a technology columnist for Texas Monthly magazine and a general editorial columnist for The Austin American-Statesman. He has taught and lectured all over the world, most recently as a guest faculty member at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal.

In early 2000, Chapman was named one of the "25 Most Powerful Texans in High Tech" by Texas Monthly. In 1999, The Austin American-Statesman named him one of its "Ten to Watch." Chapman has also served as chairman of the selection committee for the Turing Award, the world's highest award in computer science.

From 1984 to 1991, Chapman was executive director of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, the only national public interest group of computer scientists. The organization investigated international security, arms control, the role of computers in the arms race, and computers and privacy. In 1991, Chapman co-founded the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference, which is still held annually.

Chapman earned his B.A. from Occidental College and attended Stanford University's Political Science Ph.D. program.

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