Commerce Department Seeks Candidates for Digital Economy Board of Advisors

Nov242015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews today announced the Department is seeking candidates to serve on a new Digital Economy Board of Advisors, which Commerce is establishing to give government a mechanism to obtain advice from leaders in industry and civil society. The board will provide recommendations on ways to ensure that the Internet continues to thrive as an engine of growth, innovation, and free expression. 

“Promoting the digital economy is a top priority for the Department of Commerce,” Deputy Secretary Andrews said. “We highly value the input of the private sector as we develop policies to promote digital innovation and remove barriers to global competitiveness. Our new Digital Economy Board of Advisors will provide the Department with an important tool to discuss with and learn from these leaders about ways to promote this vital sector of our economy.”

Commerce is seeking candidates representing a broad cross-section of commercial, civil society, and academic sectors that make up the digital economy. The board will consist of 15-20 members and will be appointed by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to serve two-year terms.

The new advisory board will help the Secretary to develop the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda, which aims to promote a free and open Internet, trust online, innovation, and Internet access for all Americans. The board’s responsibilities will include analyzing challenges to the free flow of information on the Internet, promoting the development of promising new digital technologies, and examining policies that impact the digital economy on topics such as broadband, cybersecurity and privacy.

Those who are interested in serving on the board can nominate themselves or can be nominated by others. Applicants should submit nominations electronically by Wednesday, December 23, 2015, using the online nomination form located at https://www.ntia.doc.gov/digital-economy-board-advisors-nomination-form.

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