Executive Director, People-Centered Internet

David is executive director of People-Centered Internet, an international coalition embodying the belief that the internet can bring different groups of people together to form living learning communities focused on education, economic opportunity, and growth of communities through communication. He also serves as a faculty member at Singularity University, giving talks on impact and disruption, and guest-lectures at both Harvard and Oxford Universities. In 2017, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow, focusing his fellowship on transatlantic issues of common concern, including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. In 2016, the World Economic Forum named David to its class of Young Global Leaders—people under the age of 40 who are changing the world.

David started out in tech at age 15, working on computer simulations for the Department of Energy. He had his first military security clearance before he turned 18. He has held an array of academic and public service positions since. In 2013, he was named chief information officer of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), where he started an ambitious project to bring the FCC’s infrastructures to a cloud-based system. David also served as IT chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program’s technology response to 9/11 and other international public health emergencies.

I am most excited to work on projects that… others say are “near impossible” or claim are too messy or complicated to succeed.

I am looking for partners that can help me… empower positive #ChangeAgents to be aware of our rapidly changing world, to include both the opportunities and threats that have arisen.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when different #ChangeAgents from different geographies shared similar perspectives about nuclear threat awareness and engagement.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… encourage more positive and beneficial emergent effects of humans and technologies layered atop social systems around the world.