Following in the footsteps of Google who has a rich history of sending ex-Googlers to Washington, DC to help the world (yes there is a bit of sarcasm there), Twitter now can count a White House staffer amongst its alums.
Twitter executive Nicole Wong is joining the Obama administration as deputy U.S. chief technology officer, the White House said in a statement Thursday.
Wong, who has been Twitter’s legal director of products since November, will be working on Internet privacy and technology issues, according to a spokesman for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Wong has “tremendous expertise in these domains and an unrivaled reputation for fairness, and we look forward to having her on our team,” the office said in a statement.
In the wake of all the concerns over security of consumer data in the online world it’s very hard not to be cynical when any private sector player moves to the public sector in such an important position. Is that fair? Probably not but this world doesn’t make it very easy to take the altruistic high road when it seems that it is the road least travelled by many these days.
Does this kind of connection to government make you wonder if Twitter will garner any favor from the White House or is it truly possible for someone like Wong to completely disconnect themselves from past experiences (which includes time at Google as well) while making decisions that are likely to have impact on how many do business in the online world?