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John Gage is an independent advisor. He was previously the Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office, for Sun Microsystems, Inc. He was responsible for Sun's relationships with world scientific and technical organizations, for international public policy and governmental relations in the areas of scientific and technical policy, and for alliances with the world's leading research institutions. From 2008-2010 he was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers focusing on green technologies.
Gage is also well known as one of the founders of NetDay, which calls upon high-tech companies to connect schools, libraries, and clinics worldwide to the Internet. Since 1995 over 500,000 volunteers have wired over 50,000 schools and libraries in the United States.
Gage has served on scientific advisory panels for the US National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences. Most recently, he served on the National Academy Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, issuing the report "Beyond Fortress America: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World" in 2009. He has also been a member of the Board of Regents of the US National Library of Medicine, the Board of Trustees of Fermi National Laboratory, the External Advisory Council for the World Bank, and the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC).
In 1999, President Clinton appointed Gage to the Web-Based Education Commission, which issued its report December, 2000. The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government named Gage as one of five distinguished journalists and scholars to be a 2000 Fall Fellow. He taught a course on technology, media, and governance during the Harvard Kennedy School fall semester of 2000. Gage was a Board Member of the Markle Foundation and a Member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.