CDT’s “The Internet in Transition: A Platform to Keep the Internet Open, Innovative, and Free”

Similar to the Yale Information Society Project’s “9.5 Theses” and CFP’s “Letter to the Next President,” the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has created an issue document targeted to the next President and Congress: “The Internet in Transition: A Platform to Keep the Internet Open, Innovative, and Free” (full PDF here)

From the abstract:

This document examines a broad range of issues the next President and Congress must address in order to keep the Internet a powerful engine for innovation, economic growth and democratization. The policies outlined in this paper describe current threats to the Internet and then proposes policies and actions that the next President and Congress should take to protect innovation, privacy, consumer choice, and freedom of expression.

Subject areas include:

  • Preserving Free Speech and Protecting Children Online
  • Protecting Consumer Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Restoring the Balance between Security and Liberty
  • Promoting Global Internet Freedom
  • Keeping the Internet Open to Innovation
  • Promoting Open Government

I recently had the privilege to join colleagues at a working dinner with the CDT’s Ari Schwartz and Jim Dempsey to discuss the document, and they welcome additional feedback (what’s missing, what should be brought into more focus, etc).

They’ve set it up online for people to be able to add their own comments, etc, so I encourage everyone to check it out.

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