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Susan Crawford

Telecommunications Policy Expert

Susan Crawford is a leading telecommunications policy expert and professor of communications and Internet law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She has held prominent government positions as Special Assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation (2009), and served as co-leader of the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. Currently, she is a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.

Crawford’s new book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, examines how the U.S. government allowed a few large companies to dominate the telecommunications industry — diminishing America’s global competitive advantage as other countries surpass the U.S. in broadband speed and price. The current policies, Crawford warns, have created a deep “digital divide,” where stifled competition and high prices prevent one-third of Americans from having internet access, threatening the country’s democratic freedom of information and economic future.

Crawford writes regularly for and Wired magazine. She is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where she spearheads the Institute’s work on making high-speed internet accessible and affordable for all.  Prior to her position at Cardozo law school, Crawford was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy and Law Schools. Crawford received both her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.