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William Echikson

Acting Director, Digital Innovation Initiative

William Echikson is the acting director of the Digital Innovation Initiative and editor of the Bandwidth tech policy journal at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Before joining CEPA, he worked for six and a half years at Google running corporate communications for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He began his career as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek. He is the author of four books, including works on the collapse of communism in Central Europe and the history of the Bordeaux wine region. 

An American and Belgian citizen, Mr. Echikson graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.

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