About David Burt

Independent Marketing Communications

I’m a marketing communications professional with over 20 years of experience in communications and marketing, focused in the areas I’m deeply curious about: technology policy, information security, privacy protection, regulatory compliance, and online safety. My career journey to date includes marketer, PR manager, activist, IT manager, and librarian.

I started my own consulting business after 17 years at Microsoft, where my last role was Director of Content Strategy for the Privacy & Regulatory Affairs division. Before that, I was responsible for marketing strategy for Azure compliance and privacy, where my work included creating the Microsoft Trust Center. Before that I drove marketing communications and strategic projects around privacy, security, and safety issues.

Prior to Microsoft, I worked in PR for information security companies, including Secure Computing and N2H2, where I gave hundreds of interviews, including appearing on national news programs.

Before I entered the corporate world, I was a librarian, where I learned skills I’ve used throughout my marketing career, including how to research, analyze, and organize information. In my last library role, I was the IT manager of the Lake Oswego Public Library, before which I worked at The New York Public Library, where I helped bring automation to library branches. 

During my library years, I ran Filtering Facts, a 501(c)(3) organization promoting online safety. My work included giving many press interviews and presenting testimony. The culmination of my activism was serving as a consultant to the Department of Justice legal team that successfully defended the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). My research report was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in their ruling upholding CIPA, as described in the Wikipedia article about me.

My education includes a master’s degree in information science and a bachelor’s in history, both from the University of Washington. My current professional certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

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