Ben Scott (policy advisor)

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Ben Scott
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Ben Scott at a United Nations conference in Geneva, June 2011
Born May 14, 1977
United States Canyon, Texas, Texas, U.S.
Education Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Occupation Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute
Employer New America Foundation

Ben Scott is a Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. Previously, he was a Policy Advisor for Innovation at the US Department of State where he worked at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. In a small team of advisors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he worked to help steward the 21st Century Statecraft agenda with a focus on technology policy, social media and development. Prior to joining the State Department, for six years he led the Washington office for Free Press, the largest non-profit organization in the US dealing exclusively with media and communications policy. As policy director for Free Press, he headed a team of lawyers, researchers, and advocates, and directed a public interest policy agenda to expand affordable access to an open Internet and to foster more public service journalism. He was frequently called as an expert witness before the US Congress.[1][2][3] Before joining Free Press, he worked as a legislative aide handling telecommunications policy for then-Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the U.S. House of Representatives.[4] He holds a PhD in communications from the University of Illinois. Ben is a 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois Laboratory High School. He is the author of several scholarly articles on American journalism history and the politics of media regulation as well as co-editor of two books.[5]

Background and education[edit]

Ben Scott grew up in Canyon, Texas. He has worked as a legislative telecommunications policy fellow for Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and as the Policy Director for Free Press, a national media reform organization. While at Free Press Ben lead a number of initiatives and was described as a "driving force for 'net neutrality.'"[6] While at Free Press, his expertise was often sought by the press and Ben would regularly called on to testify before the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.[7][8][9]

In May, 2010 Ben left Free Press to become Policy Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. State Department.[10] He was one of a small team of advisors to the Secretary of State and has been described as a key player working towards 21st Century Statecraft.[11] As a respected media scholar, Ben focuses on technology policy, social media and development.

Academic career[edit]

Ben Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University. In 2010 he received his Doctorate from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

Articles[edit]

  • 2011: Alec Ross and Ben Scott. 21st Century Statecraft. NATO Review.[12]
  • 2006: Sascha Meinrath and Ben Scott. Community Internet: Why Should Arts and Culture Funders Care. Grantmakers in the Arts Reader.
  • 2003: Ben Scott and Sascha Meinrath. Media Reform Explodes onto American Political Scene. Public i. Vol. 3(10).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Ben. "Testimony of Ben Scott Policy Director Free Press before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Regarding Communications Networks and Consumer Privacy: Recent Developments April 23, 2009". 
  2. ^ Scott, Ben. "Testimony of Ben Scott Policy Director Free Press on behalf of Free Press Consumers Union Consumer Federation of America before theUnited States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Regarding Communications, Broadband and Competitiveness: How Does the U.S. Measure Up? April 24, 2007". 
  3. ^ Scott, Ben. "Testimony of Ben Scott Policy Director Free Press before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary Regarding A Hearing on "A New Age for Newspapers: Diversity of Voices, Competition and the Internet" April 21, 2000". 
  4. ^ "Legistorm". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Media Research Hub". 
  6. ^ Kang, Cecilia (March 28, 2008). "Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Scott, Ben. "Testimony of Ben Scott Policy Director Free Press before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Regarding Communications Networks and Consumer Privacy: Recent Developments April 23, 2009". 
  8. ^ Scott, Ben. "Testimony of Ben Scott Policy Director Free Presson behalf of Free Press Consumers Union Consumer Federation of America before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Regarding Communications, Broadband and Competitiveness: How Does the U.S. Measure Up? April 24, 2007". 
  9. ^ Scott, Ben. "Testimony of Ben Scott Policy Director Free Press before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary Regarding A Hearing on "A New Age for Newspapers: Diversity of Voices, Competition and the Internet" April 21, 200". 
  10. ^ Eggerton, John. "Free Press' Ben Scott Exits For State Department Post". Broadcasting and Cable. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Ross, Alec. "Quote of Alec Ross". Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Ross, Alec; Ben Scott (2011). "21st Century Statecraft". NATO Review. Retrieved 17 November 2011.