Dan O’Connor is the Senior Director for Public Policy & Government Affairs at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he works with government and industry leaders on competition, intellectual property, international trade and global Internet policy. He also heads CCIA’s Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo), where he opines on policy and business issues that effect startups and disruptive innovators.
In his capacity at CCIA, he leads the organization’s efforts on competition policy and closely monitors the business and technological developments in high-tech markets. He has worked government relations and media outreach for several high-profile legal cases in both the United States and Europe. Before assuming his current position he was Director of Competition & Telecommunications Policy and the Deputy Director of Government Affairs at CCIA.
Before joining CCIA he served as a Legislative Aide in the New York State Assembly and also was a member of a NIH funded research team that studied Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Advertising.
Mr. O’Connor received a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he received high-merit on his dissertation on the framing of Internet censorship as a barrier to trade. He received a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management with a concentration in Consumer Economics from Cornell University where he was a Dean’s Scholar.