Digital Economy Think Tank to Close Doors October 1st
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) announced today that it was concluding its 17-year run as one of America's preeminent technology policy think tanks. Effective Friday, October 1, PFF will cease operations.
Founded in 1993, PFF's mission was to study the digital revolution and its implications for public policy while advocating a philosophy of limited government, free markets, property rights, and individual sovereignty. The organization's scholars and researchers penned tens of thousands of editorials, papers, special reports, books, filings, amicus briefs, and blog posts during that stretch. PFF also convened numerous policy fora, including its nationally recognized annual Aspen Summit, which brought together leading thinkers and policymakers in the field.
"PFF has had an amazing 17-year run," said PFF's last president, Adam Thierer. "It's been a great honor to be with PFF for the past five years and I'm extremely proud of everything the organization has accomplished. PFF will be remembered by its scores of scholars and the hundreds of participants in its programs over the years as a cutting-edge research institution that generated exciting ideas in communications, media and high-tech policy. We're all very proud of the PFF legacy."
When PFF was formed, it was quite literally the only market-oriented institution focused on the digital revolution. Today, there are dozens of such institutions, many which PFF helped to inspire. "PFF has served its purpose by focusing both intellectuals and policymakers on the need to keep cyberspace free from excessive government control and interference," Thierer said. "The impact of PFF's work will live on for many years to come."