I like making it easy to share things, in ways that scale.
I am the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks, where I am in charge of figuring out how to design policies and technologies that allow health and biological data to be broadly shared between patients, clinicians, and data analysts.
I have worked at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and most recently Creative Commons. For six years my desk was graciously hosted in MIT's Project on Mathematics and Computation. I also started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which is now part of Selventa. I spoke at TED Global in 2012.
I studied Philosophy at Tulane University, with a focus on contemporary epistemology and the works of Alvin Plantinga. I also focused on French and spent a year studying Letters at Paris-Sorbonne.
Areas of Expertise
Sharing , Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, Health, Bioethics, Open Access for Biomedical Literature, Open data
An idea worth spreading
Make it easy for anyone to be digitally naked in the service of science. That means sharing my genotype, my health record, and my lifestyle data with the world's scientists - and making it illegal to be discriminated against as a result.
I'm passionate about
Making it easy to legally share data and creative works. Changing health through participation. Being a dad. Routing around failed infrastructure.
Talk to me about
Sharing things. Remaking the health and pharmaceutical industry. Starting things. Philosophy. Cocktails. Mexican food. Entrepreneurship.
People don't know I'm good at
Making enchilada sauce from scratch.
My TED story