Deirdre Mulligan Calls Internet a Powerful Platform for Democracy

San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2010 by Jim Dempsey and Deirdre K. Mulligan

In the early days of the Internet, policymakers, advocates, companies and coalitions built a policy architecture to steer the technology toward democratic ends. These policy choices embodied the principles of openness, innovation, interconnection, nondiscrimination, user control, freedom of expression, privacy and trust. It is this symbiosis of technology and policy that produced a platform on which individuals across the globe exercise their democratic muscles.