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John Erickson

  • Research Engineer
  • Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in John's My Publications folder on Mendeley.


Dedicated to providing high-impact technical leadership to teams that share a deep respect for the individual, a commitment to community responsibility, and an ambition to make technical contributions for the advancement and welfare of humanity. SUMMARY: More than a decade studying the unique social, legal, and technical problems that arise when managing and disseminating information in the digital environment. Principal investigator on a series of research projects at Hewlett-Packard Labs focusing on policy-based management and personalization of distributed, heterogeneous digital object repositories, content processing architectures and collaboration systems. Before joining HP Labs, was the architect for Copyright Direct™, the first real-time, Internet-based service to fully automate the complex copyright permissions process for a variety of media types, and LicensIt/@ttribute, the first digital rights management (DRM) technology to facilitate dialog between content creators and users through the dynamic exchange of metadata. Hands-on individual contributor, systems architect, project leader, and entrepreneur, with more than a decade of experience creating novel Internet technologies and generating real business value.

Publications (1)

  • Content-Centered Collaboration Spaces in the Cloud

    • Erickson J
    • Spence S
    • Rhodes M
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Professional experience

Research Engineer

Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

July 2010 - Present


Bitwacker Associates

December 2009 - Present

Principal Scientist

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

December 1999 - December 2009(10 years)

VP Technology Strategy & Co-founder

Yankee Rights Management, a division of YBP Inc.

June 1997 - December 1999(3 years)

VP Product and Technology Strategy & Co-founder

NetRights, LLC

October 1995 - June 1997(2 years)

Research Assistant

Interactive Media Lab, Dartmouth Medical School

June 1993 - October 1995(2 years)

Principal Engineer

Digital Equipment Corp.

July 1984 - July 1992(8 years)


Ph.D. (Engineering Sciences)

Dartmouth College

August 1992 - June 1997(5 years)

M.Eng. (Electrical Engineering)

Cornell University

August 1988 - August 1989(a year)


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

August 1980 - May 1984(4 years)