Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Public Knowledge: Tech Policy Diversity and Inclusion Project

Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. Access to an open internet is critical to participation in a democratic society. Today, the public faces increasing challenges to fair and open access to the internet, from corporate consolidation and control, to overbroad application of copyright law, and many other threats.

Why We Invested

Public Knowledge trains public interest fellows with a learn-by-doing approach in Washington DC. Graduate fellows are immersed in internet, communications, and intellectual property policy making. They take a leading role on an issue or issues, plan strategy, participate in educational meetings on Capitol Hill, agencies, and with other public interest groups and allies, and engage with the public through press and social media. Fellowships culminate in an understanding and facility to advocate for the public interest that will position them to be leaders in the public interest community.

With Democracy Fund’s support, Public Knowledge is creating a Communications Justice fellowship to examine early career diversity in tech advocacy nonprofits and promote practices to increase representation of marginalized and lower-income applicants. The fellow will gather data on early career hiring from tech groups that seek to influence policy, and use that data to make recommendations for increasing diversity and creating opportunity. Ultimately, this fellowship will help to bring a greater diversity of voices to tech policy.

Total Commitment

2019: $120,000 over two years