Progress and Freedom Foundation

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A think tank committed to a market-oriented view of telecommunications provider economics and digital rights management, the Progress and Freedom Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported by telecommunications service and digital content providers. "PFF's underlying philosophy combines an appreciation for the positive impacts of technology with a classically conservative view of the proper role of government." [1] They advocate:

  • ..."evidence-based communications policy framework that relies to the maximum extent possible on competitive forces to achieve next generation IP-based infrastructure deployment and service innovation
  • " of rich digital content through the traditional legal notions of copyright and patent while urging private solutions to reduce digital piracy without government mandates.
  • "lower taxes on telecommunications services, a tax moratorium for Internet commerce and privatization of government-run cable TV and telephone companies.
  • "Maximizing media freedom both in a structural (business) sense and a social (speech-related) sense, thus removing the shackles that limit the market flexibility of media operators, while ensuring freedom of speech and expression throughout society.
  • "Advancing a market-oriented approach to Internet policy issues that minimize government control and regulation while maximizing the vital role of free markets, free speech and property rights, allowing the online sector to innovate, invest and grow.

Hate speech

Adam Thierer, a senior fellow, told USA Today that positive speech is the best way to stop hate speech on the Internet. "When advocacy groups work together and use the new technology at their disposal, they have a way of signaling out bad speech and bad ideas...The Internet is a cultural bazaar. It's the place to find the best and worst of all human elements on display."[2]


  1. Our Mission, Progress and Freedom Foundation
  2. Theresa Howard (2 October 2009), "Online hate speech: Difficult to police ... and define", USA Today