The USAID’s DOT-COM Alliance is a global network of partners that collaborates with USAID to increase digital opportunity for the under-served. Edward Malloy is the manager of one of the three branches, dot-GOV, which deals with telecommunications, e-commerce, and Internet policy and regulatory reform.
The DOT-COM Alliance was established with USAID funding to promote the use of information and communications technology (ICT) across all development sectors. The three prongs of its approach are dot-GOV, dot-ORG, and dot-EDU, dealing with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in government, infrastructure and education respectively. The dot-GOV program aims to support the expansion of the benefits of ICT to developing countries. "Ten years ago, those countries that had mobile cellular networks or were connected to the Internet were in the minority. Today, almost all nations have both", said Edward. The dot-GOV program works with Internews Network, an international non-profit organization that supports open media worldwide.
Edward gained a Masters degree in Physics from Adelphi University, New York, and in Political Science from MIT, Massachusetts. He also gained a doctorate in International Relations from George Washington University. He had an extensive career in the US Foreign Service, which included working in assignments in Indonesia, France, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Germany, and Japan. In 1999 he joined USAID, a year after retiring from the Foreign Service, where he had reached the rank of Minister Counselor.
Initially joining USAID in 1999 as a telecommunications and information technology policy adviser, Edward was appointed to his current position after specialising in technological issues during his Foreign Service career. From 1995 to 1998 he directed an office of communication and information policy. Edward is responsible for representing the Alliance at international fora relating to the expansion of ICT, such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
In the future, the dot-GOV Alliance plans to continue to promote pro-competitive policy and regulatory reform, to enhance economic and social development and provide universal access to ICT, especially for women and geographically and socially isolated populations.