Derek Khanna, DSHS 2006 Alum, was recently honored by inclusion in the Forbes Magazine 'Forbes 30 Under 30' list as one of our country's top young professionals for Policy and Law. He is the son of Dover residents Debra Shaw and Rohit Khanna. Following high school, Derek got a degree from UMass Amherst in Political Science and he is currently in his 3rd year (of a 4 year) at Georgetown Law School. He was recently a Yale Law Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project, a congressional staffer for the Republican Study Committtee and also a staffer for Senator Scott Brown (R-MA). He is currently a columnist, consultant and policy expert with a focus on innovation policy. You can follow him on twitter https://twitter.com/DerekKhanna or on linked in.
He has written for the Washington Post, maintains a blog with Forbes, and is a regular contributer with the Atlantic, National Review Online, Human Events, and Politix. He is also an advisor and Board member to several technology start-ups.
Articles have called Khanna a "wunderkind" for his ideas on innovation and technology policy. New York Times columnist David Brooks has referred to him as a "rising star" in the Republican Party, and Techcrunch has referred to him as a "living martyr” against the entertainment and telecommunication lobbies.
Forbes in the “30 Under 30 Article” called him a ‘Tech policy scholar, Activist’ for a variety of fronts he was a part of. He wrote a Copyright reform report for the Republican Study Committee that was championed by conservatives, progressives and tech experts until pressure from special interest groups forced it to be retracted. Then he launched the cellphone unlocking campaign that included the first White House petition to reach 100,000 signatures, resulting in introduced legislation. He also participated in the stopwatching.us coalition, leading to introduction of the USA Freedom Act.
Specific page on forbes.com
Also appears in Jan. 20th print issue of Forbes Magazine
Article by Georgetown Law School http://www.thehoya.com/news/forbes-honors-young-alumni-1.3130852#.Utn0_5so5kZ