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Congress / Technology

Twitter Expands Washington Shop With Former FCC Aide

August 29, 2011

Colin Crowell, a longtime player in telecom policy in Washington, says he has accepted a position as head of global public policy at Twitter.

Crowell appropriately announced the news in a tweet on Monday morning: "Looking forward to starting @Twitter in mid-September as new Head of Global Public Policy - eager to meet all my new colleagues :) #twitter"

Crowell lands at Twitter after ending a decades-long career in government last year. He was senior counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, advising him as the agency proposed controversial new net-neutrality rules and pushed for increased regulation of broadband firms under Title II of the Communications Act.

Before that, he was the top telecom aide for Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., for more than 20 years, including during 1996 update to the Communications Act. After departing the FCC last year, Crowell became an independent lobbyist, taking on such clients as the Consumer Electronics Association, Sprint Nextel, and Google.

Crowell moves to Twitter as the company becomes increasingly involved in federal policy. The social network has a stake in privacy regulations that could rein in how technology companies treat personal data. That's an issue Crowell's former boss, Markey, is particularly close to as a co-leader of the privacy caucus who frequently sends letters to tech companies about their privacy practices.

Crowell is Twitter's second hire in Washington after Adam Sharp, who plays a liaison role, reaching out to Capitol Hill and the agencies.

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