Obama taps Google, Twitter executives for top spots on technology policy team

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has named executives from Google and Twitter to tops spots on his technology policy team.

The White House says Megan Smith will serve as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Smith will be responsible for guiding the administration’s information-technology policy and initiatives. She most recently was a vice-president at Google.

Smith succeeds Todd Park, who was named to the top job in 2012.

Alexander Macgillivray will serve as Smith’s deputy and focus on Internet and intellectual property policy, as well as privacy issues.

Macgillivray most recently was general counsel and head of public policy at Twitter.

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