Press Release

Public Knowledge Joins Groups Announcing Principles to Guide President-elect Trump’s Tech Policies

December 6, 2016 , ,

Today, 17 public interest groups released principles for President-elect Trump and the new administration to adhere to in developing technology policies that support freedom of speech and equality of opportunity. The signers include a diverse group of leading technology policy, media advocates, and community organizing groups.

The seven principles emphasize the importance of (1) access, (2) openness, (3) inclusion, (4) free speech, (5) choice, (6) privacy, and (7) opportunity as the foundation of sound technology and media policies that can benefit all Americans.

The following can be attributed to Public Knowledge Vice President Chris Lewis:

“The internet has enabled our society to accomplish more open, direct, and instantaneous communication channels so we can express ourselves, communicate with loved ones, and protect our civil liberties both on and offline. That’s why it’s paramount to preserve the principles that allow us to achieve these goals and connect with each other through technology. We urge the President-elect Trump and the new Congress to respect these principles that have helped the internet become what it is today — the best innovation of our generation.”

The principles can be found here.

The signers of the principles are:
American Library Association
Center for Democracy & Technology
Center for Media Justice
Center for Rural Strategies
Color of Change
Common Cause
Demand Progress
Fight for the Future
Free Press
Media Mobilizing Project
Native Public Media
National Hispanic Media Coalition
New America’s Open Technology Institute
Open MIC (Open Media and Information Companies Initiative)