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David H. Holtzman is a former security analyst and military code-breaker, a futurist, activist, privacy expert, technologist, technology executive, and writer. Initiatives he spearheaded have radically changed the way people interact with technology.

Dot Com BoomEdit

During the Dot Com Boom of the late 1990s, Holtzman ran a critical network —- the domain name system. As Chief Technology Officer of Network Solutions and the manager of the Internet's master root server, Holtzman oversaw the growth of the commercial Internet from five hundred thousand to over twenty million domain names.


Early in his technology career, Holtzman was a cryptographic analyst, Russian linguist, and submariner with the U.S. Naval Security Group. He worked at the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center as an intelligence analyst, focusing chiefly on the Soviet Manned Space program. As chief scientist at IBM's Internet Information Technology group, Holtzman managed the development of IBM's information product and service offering to encrypt and sell digitized content across the Internet, which was called cryptolopes. He served as a senior analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton for several years, where he ran technology-driven restructuring initiatives for Wall Street firms and large financial institutions. He also designed and built a networked, heterogeneous database and text retrieval system called Minerva, which was used by NATO and several trade associations before being sold to IBM in 1994.

Holtzman has designed and built numerous information-based software systems and is the author of several patents dealing in areas as diverse as identity management, digital rights management and domain name registration. He has consulted on marketing strategy for several large corporations, including He has been a security consultant for several organizations, private and public, including Wesley Clark’s 2004 presidential campaign. He was also CTO for All-America PAC, Senator Evan Bayh's leadership PAC leading up to the 2008 Presidential election. He has served as an advisor and board member for global companies in both the private and public sectors, as well as a dozen high-tech companies throughout North America. He has taught business courses as an adjunct associate MBA professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and entrepreneurship via a cutting edge “Lecture On Demand” technique for the University of Pittsburgh using distance learning software and podcasts.

He is the author of Privacy Lost: How Technology is Endangering Your Privacy (Jossey-Bass, 2006) and How to Survive Identity Theft: Regain Your Money, Credit, and Reputation (Adamas Media, 2009), Privacy Lost has become a standard text in many of the nation's law schools. The book predicted a "digital Watergate" where emails and hacking might influence a presidential election.

David Holtzman is currently the president of GlobalPOV, a business-services company analyzing critical ways technology and society interact. He has written for or been interviewed by major news media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg Television, BBC, and USA Today. Holtzman wrote a monthly ethics and privacy column called "Flashpoint" for CSO [Chief Security Officer] Magazine, and his essays have been published in BusinessWeek as well as Wired Magazine, CNET, and ZDNet. Holtzman publishes on topics such as privacy, intellectual property, business, and pop culture on his blog,

Holtzman was featured in a New York Times article about estate planning, in which he is quoted as saying, "Unlike paper, this is a very amorphous, rapidly changing set of circumstances. It puts a huge burden on the person doing the estate planning to maintain a cache of passwords."[1]

David Holtzman traveled the world observing how diverse people utilize technology to solve real-world problems, including young Bhutanese monks sending emails while spinning prayer wheels, Mongolian nomads texting by hurling cell phones into the air to engage a cell tower, and the Sami Reindeer people herding their flocks of reindeer using helicopters and cell phones. The encounters indicated that technology should augment lives, not overwhelm centuries-old culture.


Holtzman has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has pursued graduate work in Computer Science at The Johns Hopkins University and has an honors certificate in Russian Studies from the Defense Language Institute.

Personal lifeEdit

He is the father of five children, whom he raised as a single parent.[2] He likes to sail, watch Shakespearean plays, and cook.

Some Articles Written by HoltzmanEdit

  • Full List:
  • "Wired 10.07: View". Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  • "Digital privacy: A curmudgeon's guide - CNET News". Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  • "Is There Ever an Ethical use for Spam? - CSO Online - Security and Risk". Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  • "Campaign Creep - CSO Online - Security and Risk". Retrieved 2014-02-14.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jacobs, Deborah L. (May 20, 2009). "When Others Need the Keys to Your Online Kingdom". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Gill, Cindy. "The Web Master".

Konrad, Rachel. "On a Digital Privacy Crusade." CNET Black, Jane. "Tracking Customers While Preserving Their Anonymity." Business Week Online. Anthes, Gary. "IT to Fight Terrorism: Will It Work or Will It Backfire?" ComputerWorld.

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