About - Staff Member - Ken Salaets
Areas of Expertise:
ICT accessibility policy, VPAT, standardization policy, federal procurement policy
The electric guitar
As director of a portfolio of information technology policy and advocacy initiatives, Ken Salaets has played a critical role in positioning ITI as the leading global industry voice on issues such as IT accessibility policy and energy efficiency. He is an accomplished public speaker who is often called upon by government and industry to present the IT business perspective on a number of issues.
Prior to joining ITI, Ken served on the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations, where he managed oversight investigations and congressional hearings on a wide range of issues, including international aviation security, government housing and surplus property programs, and federal small and disadvantaged business subcontracting.
A native of Santa Ana, California, Ken earned a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Nancy, have four children and live in Germantown, Maryland.
Blog Posts by Ken Salaets
Developing Economies Start with the Free Flow of Data
(August 17, 2016)
The tech industry is the most dynamic sector in history: it is highly competitive, profitable, and creates jobs around the world. Its products and services have lowered barriers to empower people in ways ...
Multistakeholder Internet Governance Alive and Well
(March 14, 2016)
Last week, the process to transfer stewardship of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the U.S. government to the wider Internet community reached an important milestone: transmittal of the ...
Support Grows for Global Connect Initiative to bring Internet Access to the Developing World
(December 22, 2015)
Last week I had the privilege of attending various side meetings held in conjunction with the United Nations High Level Meeting on WSIS+10 (World Summit on the Information Society), a ten-year review of ...
Brazil: Opportunity Knocks for Progress on Tech Policy Issues
(December 02, 2015)
On November 19, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade convened in Brasilia for the 13th plenary meeting of the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue. ...
Dublin Meetings Advance ICANN Accountability Measures Needed for Effective Internet Governance
(October 22, 2015)
As the ICANN54 conference in Dublin draws to an end, there is a palpable sense of progress toward consensus on an accountability proposal for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), ...