Faculty member accepts role with Harvard-based center

July 09, 2015

A Penn State faculty member has accepted an invitation to serve as a faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.

Rob Frieden holds the Pioneers Chair and serves as professor of telecommunications and law at the University. Frieden -- an internationally recognized expert on topics related to cable and satellite television, Internet infrastructure, net neutrality and telecommunications -- has written several books and more than 100 articles in academic journals. He also provides biannual updates for All About Cable and Broadband, published by Law Journal Press.

Before joining the Penn State faculty, Frieden served as deputy director-international relations for Motorola Satellite Communications Inc. Frieden also has held senior telecommunications policy making positions in the United State government. In the private sector, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as assistant general counsel at PTAT System Inc., where he handled corporate, transactional and regulatory issues for the nation’s first private undersea fiber optic cable company.

Frieden joined the Berkman Center for Internet & Society among its most recent class of fellows, faculty associates and affiliates who will formally join its community in the 2015-16 academic year.  The Berkman Center provides a home for some of the most incisive minds in law, technology and social science, alongside path-breaking entrepreneurs and activists, to examine law, policy and social issues related to the Internet.

“We’re honored to bring together this exceptional group to engage in much-needed dialogues between technology and policy, and to support each other in the deep exploration of opportunities across emerging and developed economies,” said Urs Grasser, the center’s executive director. “Together our colleagues will delve into the new and unexplored, convert raw ideas into practical tools, facilitate public discourse in all its forms and build bridges between their communities.”


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Last Updated July 16, 2015