For Better and Worse: The Internet, Social Media and our Shrinking World
Scott Carpenter , Deputy Director of Google Ideas
Moderator: Deyan Kiuranov, CLS
Scott Carpenter is the Deputy Director of Google Ideas, Google's new "think/do" tank, where he is responsible for driving the technology in governance portfolio as well as advising on its strategy in three other key areas: confronting violent extremism, addressing illicit networks, and expanding freedom of expression in closed societies.
Before joining Google, Scott founded and directed Project Fikra as the Keston Family Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an effort to use social media to share ideas among Arab democrats and connect them to policy makers in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.
Previously, Scott served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near East Affairs where he helped conceive and implement the Middle East Partnership Initiative before being named Coordinator for the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative.
His other roles in government include director of governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Rights and Democracy.
Earlier in his career, Scott worked on Capitol Hill and for the International Republican Institute where he founded and co-directed its European program from Bratislava, Slovakia.