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Ken Salaets

Director, Global Policy

Areas of Expertise:
ICT accessibility policy, VPAT, standardization policy, federal procurement policy

Favorite Innovation:
The electric guitar

As director of a portfolio of information technology policy and advocacy initiatives, Ken Salaets has played a critical role in positioning ITI as the leading global industry voice on issues such as IT accessibility policy and energy efficiency. He is an accomplished public speaker who is often called upon by government and industry to present the IT business perspective on a number of issues.

Prior to joining ITI, Ken served on the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations, where he managed oversight investigations and congressional hearings on a wide range of issues, including international aviation security, government housing and surplus property programs, and federal small and disadvantaged business subcontracting.

A native of Santa Ana, California, Ken earned a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Nancy, have four children and live in Germantown, Maryland.

Blog Posts by Ken Salaets

  • Developing Economies Start with the Free Flow of Data   (August 17, 2016)

    The tech industry is the most dynamic sector in history: it is highly competitive, profitable, and creates jobs around the world. Its products and services have lowered barriers to empower people in ways ...

  • Multistakeholder Internet Governance Alive and Well   (March 14, 2016)

    Last week, the process to transfer stewardship of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the U.S. government to the wider Internet community reached an important milestone: transmittal of the ...

  • Support Grows for Global Connect Initiative to bring Internet Access to the Developing World   (December 22, 2015)

    Last week I had the privilege of attending various side meetings held in conjunction with the United Nations High Level Meeting on WSIS+10 (World Summit on the Information Society), a ten-year review of ...

  • The Challenges of a Post-WCIT World   (December 20, 2012)

    The 2012 version of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is history, and the next phase has begun, i.e., trying to figure out what it all means!  Many theories abound within ...

  • A Blow to Internet Freedom   (December 13, 2012)

    Today, at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), a majority of national delegations adopted revisions to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) that could lead ...

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