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Richard Whitt

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Richard Whitt recently departed Google after eleven years, to resuscitate his tech consulting practice, NetsEdge LLC.  His firm focuses on advising tech companies, law firms, and other clients on the complex strategic and tactical challenges at the intersection of emerging platform technologies, market dynamics, and corporate and public policies.
For his last four years with Google, Richard served as Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Mountain View headquarters.  In that capacity, he worked with a number of different groups within the Company to develop and implement corporate policy.  Most recently, he assisted Vint Cerf and Hal Varian on projects concerning IoT governance, machine learning ethics, digital preservation, and rural broadband deployment.  Richard also guided the Google Access team’s approach to working with governmental bodies and international organizations to deploy broadband infrastructure globally, particularly in Cuba and other emerging market countries.
From mid-2012 to mid-2014, Richard was vice president for global public policy and government relations with Motorola Mobility, a Google company. Prior to joining Motorola, Richard served as Google’s director and managing counsel for federal policy, overseeing strategic thinking on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, Internet governance, free expression, and international trade.  In his first five years with Google’s DC office, Richard headed up the public policy team on telecommunications and media issues. Among other achievements in that role, he led Google’s advocacy on open Internet, broadband deployment, and spectrum policy. Richard also guided the Company’s participation in the 700 MHz spectrum auction, involvement in TV White Spaces spectrum allocations, and launch of Google Fiber.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Richard founded and headed NetsEdge Consulting, a public policy consulting firm that provided legal analysis, regulatory strategy, and advocacy counsel to Web companies.  From 1994 to 2006, Richard worked in the legal department at MCI Communications, where he most recently served as vice president for federal law and policy. Rick previously spent five years as an associate attorney in the online communications practices of two large Washington, D.C.-based law firms.
Rick is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1984 graduate of James Madison University. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.