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Edward William Felten
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Edward Felten at Princeton University
Born March 25, 1963 (1963-03-25) (age 58)
Citizenship American
Alma mater California Institute of Technology (B.S.)
University of Washington (M.S., Ph.D.)
Known for Secure Digital Music Initiative
Awards EFF Pioneer Award
Scientific career
Fields Computer Science
public affairs
Institutions Princeton University, Federal Trade Commission
Doctoral advisor Edward D. Lazowska and John Zahorjan

Edward William Felten (born March 25, 1963) is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he was also the Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy from 2007 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2019. On November 4, 2010, he was named Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, a position he officially assumed January 3, 2011. On May 11, 2015, he was named the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

Felten has done a variety of computer security research, including groundbreaking work on proof-carrying authentication and work on security related to the Java programming language, but he is perhaps best known for his paper on the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) challenge.

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