Kevin Werbach

Kevin Werbach

Scholar Title: Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Department: The Wharton School of Business

Colleges / Universities: University of Pennsylvania


673 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone Number: (215) 898-1222


Personal Website: Kevin Werbach

Kevin Werbach is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a leading expert on the business, legal, and public policy implications of emerging technologies such as broadband, blockchain, and big data. His research interests include internet policy, telecommunications, blockchain, gamification, business analytics. Professor Werbach is also the founder of the Supernova Group, a technology analysis and consulting firm.

A longtime thought leader in communications and internet policy, he served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and later was an expert advisor on broadband issues at both the Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Commerce. He is a pioneer in emerging fields such as gamification (applying digital game design principles to business), algorithmic accountability, and blockchain. Earlier in his career, he edited the influential technology newsletter Release 1.0, and helped develop the US Government's Internet and e-commerce policies as FCC Counsel for New Technology Policy in the Clinton Administration.

A sought-after speaker and commentator, Werbach has appeared in print and broadcast media including CNN, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and The Economist. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and Slate, among other publications, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and FCC. He is a fellow of the Global Institute for Communications in Japan; a director of Public Knowledge; a member of the Institute for the Future advisory council; an editorial board member of Wharton Digital Press; and a member of the editorial boards of Info, The Journal of Information Policy, and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.


J.D. Harvard Law School, 1994

B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1991