Open Internet

An open internet allows its users to maximize the opportunities for free expression and innovation offered by an accessible, interconnected, and unrestricted platform. To help the internet retain its democratic values and openness, we work to protect users’ rights to access, create, and share content and services.

Governments and companies that control vital communications infrastructures should not be allowed to leverage that control to limit access, expression, or innovation. But neither should companies be saddled with the responsibility to protect the interests of content owners. Moreover, competition among infrastructure owners, platforms, content owners, and other players in the internet ecosystem plays a vital role in ensuring that the internet is accessible to all and continues to drive innovation.

CDT works with lawmakers, industry, and the public to balance the rights of users, rights-holders, and infrastructure providers, to promote our vision of an open and innovative internet.

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Preserving the Open Internet Through Interoperability

CDT submitted comments to the NTIA on competition amongst the mobile app ecosystem. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT Comments to NTIA on Mobile App Ecosystem Competition

CDT CEO Alexandra Givens' remarks at the Freedom Online Coalition consultation, discussing “Digital Inclusion: Human Rights in the Digital Age.” White document on a dark grey background.

Alexandra Givens’ Remarks at the Freedom Online Coalition consultation on “Digital Inclusion: Human Rights in the Digital Age”

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EU Tech Policy Brief: April 2022 Recap

CDT joins an open letter urging social media platforms to take concrete actions on their content moderation and other policies in response to violent conflicts. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT Joins Letter Urging Social Media Platforms to Take Concrete Actions on Content Moderation Policies in Response to Violent Conflicts

CDT's CTO Mallory Knodel signs a letter warning the European Commission about the threats to web security from the eIDAS amendment. White document on a dark gray background.

CDT CTO Signs Letter Warning EU Commission about Threats to Web Security from eIDAS Amendment

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