‘It’s Vital For Leaders To Strengthen Our Domestic Tech Industry And The Global Edge It Provides Our Society.’

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Edge Project, a coalition of two dozen domestic organizations, today released a statement ahead of the President’s State of the Union Address warning about the threat authoritarian governments pose to internet freedom.

“Russian cyber-attacks on Ukraine offer the latest example of an authoritarian regime using the internet as a tool to crush opposition voices,” said American Edge Project CEO Doug Kelly. “Now more than ever, it’s vital for leaders to strengthen our domestic tech industry and the global edge it provides our society. We simply can’t afford to subject America’s security, economy and values to foreign powers.”



The American Edge Project is a coalition of domestic organizations representing a cross-section of U.S. innovators who are dedicated to telling the story about technology’s positive influence on America’s economy and the vital role innovation plays in our society. Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former U.S. Representative Chris Carney, and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith are directors of the American Edge Project. Former White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend leads the Project’s National Security Advisory Board. Former U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Economic Advisory Board. Former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and former U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Open & Accessible Internet Advisory Board. Visit AmericanEdgeProject.org for more information.