Advocacy Memos

From thought pieces and co-authored frameworks, to public letters and comments, here you can find Accountable Tech’s policy and advocacy memos, frameworks, letters, and other documents.

Comment

Oct 16, 2023

Comment to the FEC to Regulate Deceptive AI in Campaign Ads
Accountable Tech’s comment to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to extend the FEC’s authority under the law against “fraudulent misrepresentation” to include regulation of deceptive or AI manipulated campaign communications.
Framework

Sep 27, 2023

Democracy by Design
Accountable Tech and partners present a content-agnostic election integrity framework for online platforms.
Memo

Sep 12, 2023

The Need for Increased Scrutiny Ahead of Senate’s First AI Insight Forum
Memo to interested parties on Big Tech’s history of broken promises ahead of the first AI Insight Forum in the U.S. Senate.
Framework

Aug 10, 2023

Zero Trust AI Governance
Ahead of DEF CON 31, Accountable Tech, AI Now, and EPIC offer an antidote to self-regulation for artificial intelligence.
Comment

Jul 31, 2023

Comment to the PCAST Working Group on Generative AI
Accountable Tech’s comment to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on how to mitigate risks posed by AI.
Letter

Jul 13, 2023

Letter to Meta Calling for Trust, Safety, and Transparency Policies as Threads Hits 100 Million Users
24 civil rights and consumer advocacy organizations wrote to Meta to develop and share robust and equitable community trust, safety, and transparency policies for Threads.
Letter

Jul 07, 2023

Request for Information to the White House OSTP on AI
Accountable Tech’s response to the Request for Information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) regarding national priorities for artificial intelligence.
Letter

Jun 28, 2023

Letter to Google on Their Data Collection and Retention Policies
Accountable Tech and partners’ letter to Google executives on the company’s updated policy for sensitive location data.
Comment

Jun 26, 2023

Public Comments on the Business Practices of Cloud Computing Providers
Accountable Tech’s comment to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) request for comment on the business practices of cloud computing providers.
Letter

May 23, 2023

Letter to the California State Assembly
Accountable Tech and partners’ letter urging the California State Assembly to pass AB 254, to protect consumer reproductive health data privacy.
Memo

Nov 02, 2022

Memo on Facebook’s Election Backsliding
Rather than redoubling their integrity efforts for the midterms, Facebook actually rolled back numerous safeguards that were in place in 2020.
Letter

Nov 02, 2022

Open Letter to Twitter’s Top Advertisers
Accountable Tech and partners called on Twitter’s top advertisers to cease all advertising on Twitter globally in response to Elon Musk undermining brand safety, community standards and gutting content moderation.
Memo

Oct 17, 2022

Memo on the California Age Appropriate Design Code
How the California Age Appropriate Design Code (AADC) will protect kids and teens online in California.
Letter

Oct 06, 2022

Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Dangers of Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover
Accountable Tech raises three key questions regarding Elon Musk’s financial ties with foreign actors as he seeks to buy the company.
Memo

Sep 19, 2022

The Online Products American Teens and Children Use are Overwhelmingly Not ‘Directed at Children’
A review of the terms of service of the 38 most popular online products for children to understand the implications of legislation like the California Age Appropriate Design Code.
Letter

Jul 21, 2022

Letter to Google Executives on Location History Policy Update
Accountable Tech and partners raise questions to Google about their updated policy for data collection and retention for sensitive locations including abortion clinics.
Letter

Jun 08, 2022

Letter to Twitter’s Head of Legal, Policy, and Trust
Accountable Tech writes to Twitter to express deep concern for the company’s decision to provide Elon Musk direct access to the company’s vast troves of sensitive user data.
Memo

Apr 26, 2022

Global Implications of EU Digital Reforms
The European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) will rewrite the rules of the internet.
Comment

Apr 24, 2022

Request for Information on Merger Enforcement
Accountable Tech’s comment to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice on the agencies’ merger enforcement and policy guidance.
Memo

Apr 18, 2022

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO) and Open App Markets Act (OAMA)
Breaking down landmark bipartisan legislation to rein in Big Tech’s monopoly power.
Memo

Apr 01, 2022

How Big Tech Boosts Autocrats
Memo from Accountable Tech on how Big Tech’s incentives and infrastructure reward demagoguery and erode consensus reality—elevating autocrats and undermining democracy around the world.
Memo

Feb 11, 2022

Bolstering Democracy Through EU Digital Governance Reforms
Analysis of the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) in relation to U.S. policy and the Biden Administration’s agenda.
Comment

Nov 30, 2021

Petition for Rulemaking to Prohibit Surveillance Advertising
Petition to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ban surveillance advertising as an unfair method of competition.
Letter

Sep 27, 2021

Letter to Members of Congress on NYU Researchers
Accountable Tech and partners urge Congress to investigate Facebook’s deplatforming of NYU researchers studying the spread of disinformation on the platform in the lead up to the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Letter

Sep 02, 2021

Letter to Congressional Leadership in Support of Antitrust Bills
Accountable Tech and partners urge the U.S. House of Representatives to support a package of antitrust bills passed by the House Judiciary Committee.
Memo

Jun 22, 2021

House Antitrust Package
Memo outlining legislation in the House antitrust package for interested parties.
Letter

Dec 21, 2020

Open Letter to the Biden-Harris Administration
Accountable Tech and partners call on the Biden-Harris Administration to treat disinformation as an intersectional threat.
Letter

Jun 22, 2022

Letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s Gun Sales Policy
Accountable Tech and Giffords call on Facebook to amend a policy allowing individuals attempting to buy or sell firearms on the platform up to ten strikes before being removed.
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