John S. Erickson, Ph.D. has spent nearly two decades studying the unique social, legal, and technical problems that arise when managing and disseminating information in the digital environment. Currently the Deputy Director of the Web Science Research Center of the Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), John coordinates group projects include the data science and data management infrastructure for the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), the Linking Open Government Data (LOGD) Portal and the Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition (FUSE) project. Prior to joining TWC John was a principal investigator at Hewlett-Packard Labs focusing on policy-based management and personalization of distributed, heterogeneous digital object repositories, content processing architectures and collaboration systems. Before joining HP Labs, John was the architect for Copyright Direct(tm), the first real-time, Internet-based service to fully automate the complex copyright permissions process for a variety of media types, and LicensIt/@ttribute, the first digital rights management (DRM) technology to facilitate dialog between content creators and users through the dynamic exchange of metadata. John has been awarded numerous patents for novel information security, digital rights management and related technologies he has conceived of and helped create.