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Twitter executive Nicole Wong is joining the Obama administration as deputy U.S. chief technology officer

From The Washington Post:

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.

Thursday’s announcement resolves weeks of speculation that Wong would join the administration as an adviser on such issues. She is widely admired in the industry as a leading thinker on free speech and privacy issues and has helped to shape how companies balance the need to comply with global speech laws and fulfill a role as emerging forums for global conversation.