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Press Release

ADVISORY: Public Interest Groups to Release 2016 Internet Policy Platform as Roadmap for Political Parties

WASHINGTON -

More than a dozen public interest groups have joined to release the 2016 Internet Policy Platform. The coalition is releasing the platform, which outlines several specific policy recommendations, as a roadmap for ongoing Republican and Democratic party efforts to craft their own tech policies.

Please join a press call on Mon., June 13, to learn more about the 2016 Internet Policy Platform.

The platform is built around six guiding principles supported by the millions of Americans who have become forceful advocates for internet rights. These principles include: free speech, access, choice, privacy, transparency and openness. Please RSVP below to receive an embargoed copy of the platform.

Tens of millions have already taken a strong stand for policies that safeguard an open, secure and affordable internet. A broad community of advocates and activists worked together to defeat the SOPA and PIPA Web censorship legislation in 2012. A grassroots coalition opposes unchecked government surveillance of our communications and defends the use of encryption. And people nationwide have mobilized to win strong Net Neutrality rules, oppose cable-industry mergers and secure broadband subsidies for low-income families.

The 2016 Internet Policy Platform has been endorsed by the internet rights, social justice and consumer advocacy organizations that have played leading roles in these campaigns, including 18 Million Rising, ColorOfChange, Demand Progress, Free Press, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America’s Open Technology Institute and Public Knowledge.  

WHAT: Press call to discuss the 2016 Internet Policy Platform

SPEAKERS:
     Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press
     Brandi Collins, media justice director of ColorOfChange
     Jessica J. González, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition
     Cayden Mak, chief technology officer of 18 Million Rising
     Sarah Morris, open internet policy director of New America’s Open Technology Institute

WHEN: Mon., June 13, 1 p.m. ET
DIAL IN: (877) 876-9177 or (785) 424-1666
CONFERENCE ID: VOTER or Internet Voter 2016

To RSVP, or to receive the 2016 Internet Policy Platform under embargo, please contact Christina DiPasquale at christina@balestramedia.com or Michele Setteducato at michele.setteducato@gmail.com.

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