Brian Kahin directs the Center for Information Policy at the University of Maryland. He is a visiting professor in the College of Information Studies with affiliate faculty appointments in the School of Public Affairs and the R.H. Smith School of Business. He is also a fellow at the Internet Policy Institute in Washington and a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (University of California, Berkeley). His work has been supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

From March 1997 to January 2000, Kahin served as a consultant and Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. As part of the Administration’s initiative on global electronic commerce, he initiated the interagency Working Group on the Digital Economy and chaired it on behalf of the National Economic Council. He also served as Vice Chair of the OECD Working Party on the Information Economy. At OSTP, he was responsible for issues in intellectual
property, Internet policy, and electronic commerce. He was the first chair of the interagency working group on domain names and worked with research agencies and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to develop the Administration’s position on database protection legislation. He initiated and served as liaison to a study on standards and standards policy for the digital economy at the Science and Technology Policy Institute.