John S. Erickson, Ph.D. has spent over two decades studying the unique social, legal, and technical problems that arise when managing and disseminating information in the digital environment. Currently Director of Research Operations at the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Application
(IDEA) and Deputy Director of the Web Science Research Center of the Tetherless World Constellation
(TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
(RPI), John coordinates, contributes, and teaches. Prior to joining RPI John was principal investigator on research 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 John was an entrepreneur, architecting the first Web-based service to fully automate the complex copyright permissions process for a variety of media types, and the first digital rights management (DRM) technology to facilitate dialog and metadata exchange between content creators and users..