Innovation and Technology Development Lead, Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership; Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Brown University; Associate Faculty Director, Data Privacy, Executive Master in Cybersecurity, Brown University; Principal, Hurley Consulting


Deborah Hurley is motivated by the belief that the fruits of science and technology offer humanity some of the best promise and opportunity for the future. Innovation and technology developments do not occur in a vacuum. To the contrary, they arise and are embedded in national and global economic, social, historical, political, and regulatory contexts, factors, trends, and forces, which include and affect a large variety of stakeholders and their interactions. Understanding these parameters, both within and outside the organization, assists innovators and technology developers to draw upon all available resources to their benefit and to avoid dangerous pitfalls, in order to enhance the potential and success of their endeavors.


Hurley is Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises companies, governments, international organizations, civil society, and foundations on advanced science and technology policy. She is also: Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, and Associate Faculty Director, Data Privacy, Executive Master in Cybersecurity, Brown University; Global Innovation Policy Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), and Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University; and Senior ICT Expert, Infrastructure Advisory Panel, Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, Sydney, Australia.

At the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Hurley launched the Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy and initiated the work on nanotechnology and cryptography technologies and policy. She wrote the seminal report on cybersecurity and carried out activities on biotechnology, information and communication technologies, privacy, and new environmental and energy technologies. Hurley directed the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project and carried out a Fulbright study in Korea. She served on boards and committees for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences Research Council, US Department of State, and International Federation for Human Rights. Hurley received the Namur Award of the International Federation for Information Processing in recognition of outstanding contributions, with international impact, to awareness of social implications of information technology.


JD, UCLA Law School

AB, University of California, Berkeley


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