Wilson Center Experts
Greg Elin is the Federal Communication Commission's Chief Data Officer where his role is to turn data into an asset for daily use. As part of the agency's Data Innovation Initiative, Mr. Elin launched the FCC's first web service APIs and hosted the agency's first Open Developer Day. His most recent project at the FCC was putting online the Public Inspection Files of over 2,000 television stations including the stations political ad files.
Mr. Elin's training and experience is as a technologist and communicator working at the intersection of the Internet, distributed data, user experience, and disruptive innovation. Previous to the FCC, Mr. Elin worked with United Cerebral Palsy as their Chief Technology Officer exploring the opportunities of a technology-fueled future for extreme users. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Elin was at the Sunlight Foundation where he created the Sunlight Labs and initiated and promoted web service APIs for government and political data. He also served as Chief Evangelist for the Foundation and was routinely quoted in the media about technology and transparency. Mr. Elin also created Fotonotes, an open source Web-based image annotation tool whose meme has been widely adopted.