Groups to Follow for Tech, Science and Telecommunications Policy

A woman on a listserv I’m on just got a new job covering tech, science and telecommunications policy for a magazine. She’ll be covering policy issues including net neutrality, Internet governance, patents, copyright, and cybersecurity.

She’s building a diverse source list for covering these issues and asked us what groups we follow and which experts we think she should be talking with for stories.

I figured she’s not the only one who would benefit from such a list.

Groups to Follow for Tech, Science and Telecommunications Policy

Washington, D.C. Think Tanks and Policy Groups

TechFreedom is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to promoting the progress of technology that improves the human condition.

Lincoln Labs’s tagline is “Lobbying for the Future.”

The United States economy is barely growing. The engine of economic growth, entrepreneurship, and new firm creation, has been declining for the past three decades. Today, we are the lobbyists for the future, advocating on behalf of start-ups that don’t exist yet. We can grow the economy through unleashing the full forces of innovation across the economy. Here’s how to foster permissionless innovation.

The Information Technology Industry Council advocates for the high tech sector, using its insight and influence to create innovative policy.

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is an association for software companies whose mission is to protect, promote, and inform the industry.

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally.

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) believes that neither a warrant nor a subpoena is sufficient to reach data stored outside the US.

ICF International provides professional services and technology solutions that deliver beneficial impact in areas critical to the world’s future.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties such as algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillance.

The Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) at Brookings focuses on delivering research that impacts public debate and policymaking in the arena of U.S. and global technology innovation.

At CTI, our research centers on identifying and analyzing key developments to increase innovation; developing and publicizing best practices to relevant stakeholders; briefing policymakers about actions needed to improve innovation; and enhancing the public and media’s understanding of technology innovation.

Government Agency

Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.


The Digital Chamber of Commerce is an authoritative representative for the digital commerce industry in Washington. Our goal is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets.

San Francisco

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) defends civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.


Derek Khanna

Josh Peterson is the National Tech Reporter for and a genuinely nice person.

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