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Richard Taylor

Palmer Chair and Professor of Telecommunications Studies and Law Emeritus, Penn State University
Joined on February 8, 2022
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Richard D. Taylor, J.D., Ed.D.

Short Bio, 1/20/2022

Richard Taylor is Palmer Chair and Professor of Telecommunications Studies and Law Emeritus in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University and was Distinguished Professor in Residence in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2015-2017).  He is founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Policy ( and is engaged in scholarly research and publishing and occasional consulting on emerging information policy issues.  He is Senior Advisor to the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State and the Pacific ICT Collaborative at U.H.  He is former two-time Chair of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, and former member of the Board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. 

In recent years he has published a body of related future-oriented scholarly articles on: the emerging information Infosphere; global cyberspace governance; data localization; quantum artificial intelligence; broadband policy for 2030, and a book chapter on “The Future of Information Policy”.  In 2020, he was an invited expert participant in the NSF’s Broadband Research Workshop (BRW) 2020 and had been a key participant in its 2016 BRW which produced, “Broadband 2021: The U.S. National Broadband Research Agenda”.

He has long been active in the Asia-Pacific and has visited China multiple times to give lectures and work with experts.  He was an invited participant at the 2nd and 3rd World Internet Conferences in Wuzhen, China.  During the pandemic, he delivered invited remote video lectures to universities in Beijing, China and Gothenburg, Sweden.

Prior to joining Penn State in 1989, he was V.P./Corporate Counsel at Warner Cable Communications in New York City.  He holds a doctorate from Columbia University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. 


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