Alissa Cooper

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Technology Policy

Cisco Fellow

Alissa Cooper is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Technology Policy and a Fellow at Cisco Systems. She leads and supports the company's technology policy work on artificial intelligence, broadband, technical standards, digital sovereignty, and other issues. She previously served as Vice President of Technology Standards at Cisco and in a variety of leadership roles in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), including serving as IETF Chair from 2017 to 2021. She also served as the chair of the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) from 2014 to 2016. At Cisco she was responsible for driving privacy and policy strategy within the company’s portfolio of real-time collaboration products before being appointed as IETF Chair. Prior to joining Cisco, Alissa served as the Chief Computer Scientist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, where she was a leading public interest advocate and technologist on issues related to privacy, net neutrality, and technical standards. Alissa holds a PhD from the Oxford Internet Institute and MS and BS degrees in computer science from Stanford University.


March 9, 2022


Our vision for AI policies that bolster beneficial uses and uphold human rights

4 min read

Taking stock of the global policy landscape and initiatives to regulate AI and discussing how Cisco upholds human rights and principles in AI offerings.