Alan B. Davidson is currently a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Until 2012 he was the Director of Public Policy for Google in the Americas. Alan opened Google's Washington, D.C. office in 2005, and led the company’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America. Prior to joining Google, Alan was Associate Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, where he led projects on Internet free expression, encryption policy and surveillance, digital copyright, and Internet governance. Alan has a S.B. in math and computer science and an S.M. in technology and policy from MIT, and is a graduate of the Yale Law School.