Nicole Wong is the former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer focusing on internet, privacy, and innovation policy. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Nicole served as Twitter’s Legal Director for Products and, from 2004 – 2011, as Google’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. She frequently speaks on issues related to law and technology, including five appearances before the U.S. Congress.
Before joining Google, Nicole was a partner at the firm of Perkins Coie and advised some of Silicon Valley’s early and notable tech companies, including Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Netscape. She has also taught First Amendment, internet law, and policy courses as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of San Francisco.
Nicole is a founding columnist for the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode, a section covering online security and privacy in the digital age. She serves as an advisor to the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative and UC Berkeley’s School of Information. Nicole is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Global Voices. She is currently an advisor to several technology companies on privacy issues and strategic development. Nicole, her husband, two daughters, and two cats live in Berkeley, California.