Universität Zürich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

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William J. Drake

William J. Drake



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William J. Drake is an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich.  He is also a member of the Nominating Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); a member of the inaugural Coordination Committee of the NETmundial Initiative; a faculty member of the European and South schools on Internet governance; and an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University.


Previous work experience has included:  Senior Associate at the Centre for International Governance at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies; President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility; Senior Associate and Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and  World Politics at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; founding Associate Director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University; Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego; and adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies and the Georgetown School of Business. 


Drake’s previous activities in the academic and practitioner environments have included: three terms as Chair of the NonCommercial Users Constituency, seven terms on the Board of Directors of the European At Large Organization, and two terms on the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization, all in ICANN; co-editor of the MIT Press book series, The Information Revolution and Global Politics;  member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum; expert advisor to the high-level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms; member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance; member of the Group of High-Level Advisors of UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development; Vice Chair and founding Steering Committee member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network; and advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative and its Task Force on the Global Digital Divide.


Drake received his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.