US President Donald Trump has named Grace Koh as the special assistant for technology, telecom and cybersecurity.
Officially the senior staff member in charge of technology and cybersecurity, Koh previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her primary role was to advise the chairmen and committee members on policy and legal issues arising in the telecommunications and technology sectors.
She was previously Policy Counsel at Cox Enterprises' public policy office, working on technology policies affecting the enterprise's internet, cable and broadcast properties.
White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn made the announcement of Koh alongside 12 other appointments. “We have assembled a best-in-class team of policy advisers to drive President Trump’s bold plan for job creation and economic growth,” Cohn said. “With their diverse backgrounds and deep knowledge of key policy issues, they will make significant contributions to the nation.”
According to The Intercept, Cox are a leading opponent of rules that protect the rights of internet users. When the Obama-era FCC voted to protect net neutrality in 2015, the company slammed the move as “unnecessary government overreach.”