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William Foster

Lecturing about Cyber Relations between US and China

Lecturing about Cyber Relations between US and China
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  • 6/19/2014Date of Birth:
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  • About Me: William Abbott Foster was born in Rochester NY on August 5, 1960. His parents then moved to Arizona where his father worked on the Indian reservation. At age 6 his parents were in Georgia where they attended Ebenezer Baptist Church, the pastor of which was Dr. Martin Luther King. They then went to Nigeria and Bangladesh as part of the Smallpox eradication program.

    William attended high school in the Himalayas (Woodstock School) and Northfield Mt. Herman in Massachusetts. He got his BA from Williams College in Religion and then went to work for Congressman Walter Fauntroy and then Congressman Jim Moody. He became fascinated by the impact of technology on the democratic process and joined the Riverbend Group where he designed the first internets in 20 federal agencies, Congress and the White House.

    He then went to GE where he designed networks for multinational corporations such as GE, Baxter Health Care, and Bank of Montreal. He then ran for the US Senate in Vermont. He made the decision to get a PhD and studied at University of Arizona under Dr. Sy Goodman. His PhD dissertation on the Diffusion of the Internet in China was published in 2001 by CISAC at Stanford. Sy's research team, the MOSAIC Group, has studied Internet diffusion in 40 countries.

    For 5 years, William was in charge of government for the Commercial Internet Exchange, the world's first ISP association. He then taught information systems at Arizona State University and then left to found the Institute for Next Generation Internet. He now teaches again at Arizona State University. His specialty is the sociology of the global Internet.
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