Getting Internet policy right

In this op-ed, Jenny Toomey, director of the foundation's work on Internet Rights, and Dave Steer, director of advocacy for the Mozilla Foundation, examine the tech talent crisis and point to some signs of hope. “Attracting new, talented leaders willing to fight and defend the Internet is critical,” they write. “Today’s computer science students can’t imagine a career path that leads them to Washington.” And the public sector needs their technical expertise: That’s why Ford and Mozilla are teaming up to invest in programs that develop opportunities and career paths for the next generation of “Web literate, digitally-savvy public servants.”

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