George Vradenburg III
Senior Vice President for Global and Strategic Policy
America Online, Inc.
George Vradenburg is America Online, Inc.'s (AOL) Senior Vice President for Global and Strategic Policy. A member of the office of the Chairman, Mr. Vradenburg sets the company's strategic course on evolving policy issues facing the interactive medium.
Mr. Vradenburg joined AOL as General Counsel in early 1997, and, in under two years, has become a key voice in the online industry, helping to shape the interactive policy debate in the United States and overseas. Mr. Vradenburg's mission - in working with governments and industry leaders locally, nationally and around the world - is to help craft a policy framework that will guide the online medium into the next millennium in a way that promotes the public interest, as the Internet reshapes business and society.
The array of policy issues on which Mr. Vradenburg has helped AOL lead the industry include: protecting consumer privacy online, winning industry support for a pledge of "zero tolerance" for crimes against children online, campaigning against junk e-mail (spam), protecting intellectual property online and developing a new framework for e-commerce and international trade.
He is a frequent speaker in this country and overseas on Internet policy. He has testified before Congress on electronic commerce, copyright and privacy issues, and was a featured speaker at the 1997 Bonn Ministerial Conference on electronic commerce. Mr. Vradenburg serves on the boards of the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, the Internet Policy Institute, the Internet Content Rating Association (Europe), and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He is a member of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy's Board of Governors and a Visiting Scholar of the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California.
Mr. Vradenburg previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CBS, Inc. and as Executive Vice President of Fox, Inc. Prior to joining America Online, he was a senior partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and co-chair of its Entertainment & Media Practice Group. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1967.
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