Andrew McLaughlin to be deputy chief technology officer.
The New York Times is reporting that former ICANN executive and current Google head of global public policy Andrew McLaughlin is joining the Obama administration as deputy chief technology officer. He will report to chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra.
McLaughlin joined Google about five years ago. Before that he was an executive with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, holding the position of Vice President and Chief Policy Officer.
The New York Times article points out that this will exacerbate fears that Google is getting too cozy with the U.S. government. From a domain industry perspective, it will be interesting to see how having a former ICANN insider a handshake away from the president affects the administration’s stance on cutting (or not) ICANN loose when its current agreement ends later this year.