RELEASE: Former Chief of Competition Policy for Justice Dept. AntiTrust Division Head Up Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project

Gene Kimmelman to Direct Project, Serve as Adviser to New America's OTI and Public Interest and Consumer Groups
Published:   October 4, 2012

Washington, D.C. -  The New America Foundation is pleased to announce Gene Kimmelman, former chief counsel for competition policy of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, will direct the Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project at the foundation. Kimmelman will direct the project in partnership with New America's Open Technology Institute (OTI), as well as public interest and consumer groups, including Center for Democracy and Technology, Free Press, Public Knowledge and others.
 
The project seeks to promote democratic politics, effective governance and human rights by helping civil society organizations shape Internet policy and support the use of technology to promote freedom of expression. Kimmelman will also serve as director of the U.S. office for Global Partners and Associates. Global Partners was established in 2005 to promote democratic politics, effective governance and human rights around the world by developing policy and practice, and shaping the approaches of donors and governments, civil society organizations and private sector partners.

“Global Partners will train and support the work of nonprofits that seek to promote an open, nondiscriminatory Internet, “ Kimmelman said. “By enhancing opportunities for U.S. and Global South civil society organizations to coordinate activities, share knowledge, and develop effective policy strategies, Global Partners hopes to promote an Internet environment that can effectively support freedom of expression and affordable access to essential communications platforms."
 
“Gene Kimmelman has a long and illustrious career dedicated to serving the public interest," said Sascha Meinrath, OTI director.  "Gene's depth of expertise and strategic acumen have proven critically important on key policy and regulatory debates in the U.S.  As the Open Technology Institute's work expands internationally, Gene's guidance and work will provide a tremendous asset to our civil society initiatives."
 
Kimmelman joined the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on April 20, 2009, when he was appointed to serve the division as its chief counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations.

Immediately prior to joining the Department of Justice, Kimmelman served as vice president for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union (CU), publisher of Consumer Reports magazine and an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair and safe marketplace for all consumers. At CU, Kimmelman oversaw all of CU’s national and international public policy and advocacy activities which covered a broad array of consumer issues, including product safety, health care, financial services, food safety, and media policy.

Prior to joining CU, Kimmelman served for two years as chief counsel and staff director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, he was legislative director for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) where, during his 10-year tenure, he directed CFA's legislative, regulatory, and judicial intervention program, including being the lead consumer litigator in the U.S v. AT&T case. Kimmelman began his career as a consumer advocate and staff attorney for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

To schedule an interview with Gene Kimmelman, please contact Clara Hogan at 202-596-3368 or hogan@newamerica.net.

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