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Silicon Valley lawyer getting White House post?

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 11:46 am in Obama presidency.

CNET is reporting that prominent Silicon Valley attorney Nicole Wong, 44, of Berkeley, will join the Obama administration as the White House’s first chief privacy officer.

Nicole WongWong since November has been San Francisco-based Twitter’s legal director; earlier, she was deputy general counsel at Mountain View-based Google for almost eight years, where she was responsible for the company’s product and regulatory matters. As the New York Times noted in 2008, her colleagues there called her “the Decider” for her role in dealing with international online censorship.

Earlier still, Wong was a partner at Perkins Coie LLP; co-edited the Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook; and taught media and Internet law courses as an adjunct professor at UC-Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Georgetown University, and a law degree and a master’s degree in journalism from UC-Berkeley.

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