For this week’s post, I researched the Center for Democracy and Technology. The CDT is a think tank which advocates for free and unrestricted usage of the internet. It is made up of people from various businesses and in various roles who all advocate for an unrestricted internet. Based on the information on the CDT’s website, they advocate for as little government regulation of the internet as possible. In areas where people might demand some control, like restricting access to certain content for children, the CDT advocates for education rather than regulation. They support educating parents, teachers and others on how to control for themselves what they think children should and should not be allowed to do on the internet, rather than the government regulating what children can and cannot do online.
The Wikipedia page on the CDT describes them in a very similar way to how they describe themselves on their own website, but also discusses how the CDT is a bit different from other think tanks with a similar mission. The CDT seems to take a more active role in government than some other think tanks in the same field, by often making suggestions to congress on bills related to the internet.
The CDT is a privately funded organization. It was started by a group of businesspeople in internet technology fields. Today, it is funded by private donors. Based on my reading about the CDT, I would prefer to work for a privately funded think tank if I were to work for a think tank. I like how these think tanks are freer to use whatever methods they choose to accomplish their goals, and are relatively free to change their methods and missions at any time since they are not controlled by a larger organization, such as a government or university.