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David Hughes

CTO, Recording Industry Association of America

David Hughes

CTO, Recording Industry Association of America

Biography

David has almost 25 years’ experience in digital technology, focusing for the last 20 years on the online distribution of music. He joined the RIAA in Washington, DC in 2006, where he is currently the Chief Technology Officer. David represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. His responsibilities include the development and promotion of technical standards, emerging technologies and new formats, and outreach to the broader technology community.

In 1996, while working at Sony Corporation in Tokyo he became responsible for formulating a digital music distribution strategy for Sony. In 1998 he moved to Sony Music in New York where, as Vice President of Technology Strategies and Digital Policy, he created and headed the industry’s first Global Digital Business department. His responsibilities included the creation of both the technical and business infrastructures required to enable mass online distribution. He also formulated digital policy for online distribution as well as for physical and online antipiracy.

David has contributed to a number of formats and standards including MPEG, DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray, and UltraViolet. He has also been instrumental in the promotion of Hi-Resolution Music. David holds a Masters of Management Science from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and a BA Honours degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Alberta in Canada. He sits on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and is the inventor of a number of U.S. and international patents.

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