Kevin Werbach

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Kevin Werbach
Occupation publisher, editor
Known for Internet and communications technologies

Kevin Werbach is an expert on the business, policy, and social implications of emerging Internet and communications technologies.


Werbach holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley (1991)[1] and a JD from Harvard Law School (1994), where he was Publishing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Publisher of the Harvard Law Record.

Werbach was founder of the Supernova Group (2002-Present), editor of Release 1.0 (1998-2002), and Counsel for New Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission (1994-1998). Werbach has also served on the Board of Directors of the TPRC Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (2003-Present), is a Fellow at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan (2002-Present), and sat on the Advisory Board of Knowledge@Wharton (2005-Present), Public Knowledge (2002-Present) and Socialtext (2003-Present).[1]

Werbach is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (since 2004). He is also the organizer of the annual Supernova technology conference and maintains a blog ("werblog").[2]

On 14 November 2008 it was announced that President-elect Barack Obama has selected Susan Crawford and Werbach to lead the review of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[3] The review team "will ensure that senior appointees have the information necessary to complete the confirmation process, lead their departments, and begin implementing signature policy initiatives immediately after they are sworn in."[4]

Werbach's areas of interest are emerging internet technologies, telecommunications policy, electronic commerce, wireless communication, and regulation. He advises major information technology and communications companies on strategic business and policy implications of emerging technologies. At The Wharton School Werbach is currently working in the areas of evolving Internet architecture policy implications, regulation of Internet video, next-generation broadband access, and decentralized communications, computing, and media business implications.[1] In recent years, Werbach also engaged in the field of Gamification. He co-authored two books and created a Massive Open Online Course.[5]


  • The Centripetal Network: How the Internet Holds Itself Together, and the Forces Tearing it Apart, 42 UC DAVIS L. REV. 343 (2009).
  • Only Connect, 23 BERKELEY TECH. L. J. 1234 (2008).
  • Sensors and Sensibilities, 28 CARDOZO L. REV. 2321 (2007).
  • Radio Revolution: The Coming Age of Unlicensed Wireless, (New America Foundation and Public Knowledge, December 2003).
  • A Layered Model for Internet Policy, 1 J. TELECOMM. & HIGH TECH. L. 37 (2002).
  • Supercommons: Toward a Unified Theory of Wireless Communication, Texas L. Rev.863 82 (2004).
  • Syndication: The Emerging Model for Business in the Internet Era, Harvard Business Review 85 (May/June 2000).
  • Digital Tornado: The Internet and Telecommunications Policy, (FCC Office of Plans and Policy Working Paper No. 29, March 1997).[1]
  • Werbach, Kevin & Hunter, Dan (2012). For The Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business, Wharton Digital Press, Boston. ISBN 1613630239.


  1. ^ a b c d Kevin Werbach
  2. ^ K. Werbach, Steering to the Edge of Trust, Berkman Center
  3. ^ Obama transition team names FCC review leaders
  4. ^ Condon, Stephanie (14 November 2008). "Obama team takes on more tech execs". CNET 
  5. ^ Coursera: Gamification  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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