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Irene S. Wu

Irene S. Wu is an expert on communications technology around the world, its international politics and global history.  She is Senior Analyst in Policy Division, International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Communications, Culture and Technology (CCT) program.

n 2007-2008, she was the first Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where her research focused on change in global values and information technology in Brazil, Russia, India and China. She also authored the book, From Iron First to Invisible Hand: the Uneven Path of Telecommunications Policy Reform in China (Stanford 2009), and several articles on communications policy and regulation. 


Dr. Wu has taught in CCT since 2007. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with additional studies undertaken at the National Taiwan Normal University, University of Puerto Rico, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. 

From 2011-2012 she was research director of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure which made recommendations on how US government data can be made more useful for consumers shopping for the best deal in areas such as healthcare, broadband, and environmentally-friendly products. 

In the FCC's International Bureau, Dr. Wu has also served as acting chief data officer and research director. She has guided studies on international trends in regulatory policy on telecommunications, Internet, and media, and worked with international groups like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation). 




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