Cranor, who will be taking a leave from the university, will join the FTC staff in January, succeeding Ashkan Soltani. She will be primarily responsible for advising Ramirez and the commission on developing technology and policy matters.
"Technology is playing an ever more important role in consumers' lives, whether through mobile devices, personal fitness trackers or the increasing array of Internet-connected devices we find in homes and elsewhere," Ramirez said. "We are delighted to welcome Lorrie to our team, where she will play a key role in helping guide the many areas of FTC work involving new technologies and platforms."
Cranor directs the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory and is co-director of Carnegie Mellon's privacy engineering master's program. She was previously a researcher at AT&T Labs Research and has also taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Cranor has authored more than 150 research papers on online privacy and usable security, and has played a central role in establishing the usable privacy and security research community, including her founding of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.
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