Deborah Hurley is the Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises governments, international organizations, companies, non-governmental organizations, and foundations on advanced science and technology policy. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and directed the Harvard University Information Infrastructure Project. At the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris, France, she identified emerging legal, economic, social and technological issues related to information and communications technologies, biotechnology, environmental and energy technologies, nanotechnology, technology policy, and other advanced technology fields. Hurley was responsible for drafting, negotiation and adoption of the OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems. She also initiated the OECD activities on cryptography technologies and policy in the early 1990s. Prior to joining the OECD, she practiced computer and intellectual property law in the United States.
Hurley is Chair, Board of Directors, Electronic Privacy Information Center, and has served on many other governmental and non-governmental boards and committees, including for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), U.S. State Department, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and National Academy of Sciences Research Council. She carried out a Fulbright study of intellectual property protection and technology transfer in Korea. She is the author of Pole Star: Human Rights in the Information Society, “Information Policy and Governance” in Governance in a Globalizing World, and other publications. Hurley received the Namur Award of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in recognition of outstanding contributions, with international impact, to awareness of social implications of information technology.