Edward W. Felten

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Edward W. Felten, 2007

Edward W. Felten ( Edward William "Ed" Felten; born March 25, 1963 ) is Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University .

Felten has done a variety of research in the field of computer security , including authentication , and has dealt with security in connection with the Java programming language . He is probably best known for his work on a competition run by the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI).


Felten with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (left), 2007

Felten is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology , which he graduated from in 1985 with a degree in physics . From 1986 to 1989 he worked at Caltech on a project with parallel supercomputers. He then enrolled at the University of Washington as a doctoral student in computer science. In 1991 he received his “Master of Science” degree and in 1993 his doctorate. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the development of an automatic protocol for communication between parallel processors.

In 1993 he became a faculty member in the computer science faculty at Princeton University. There he received a research grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ( Sloan Research Fellowship ) in 1997 . He has worked as a consultant for law firms, companies, private foundations and government agencies. His research area also includes computer security and technology guidelines. In 2011 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In May 2015, he moved to the White House, Science and Technology Department, as deputy to Megan Smith .

He lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey .

USA versus Microsoft

Felten appeared as a witness for the US government in the United States against Microsoft , in which the company was accused of having committed various violations of monopoly law.


"Given the choice between dancing pigs and safety, users will always choose the dancing pigs."

- Gary McGraw and Edward Felten: Securing Java , ch1 pt 7

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Web links


  1. https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/11/white-house-names-dr-ed-felten-deputy-us-chief-technology-officer
  2. http://www.securingjava.com/chapter-one/chapter-one-7.html