Checking in on the Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellowship

by Courtney Duffy, Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow at Fractured Atlas

Originally published on September 13, 2016 at Fractured Atlas

Courtney Duffy’s work as Fractured Atlas Arts & Technology Policy Fellow has been made possible through the generosity of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. You can find her by emailing or on Twitter @cduffy90. The Deutsch Foundation recently profiled Courtney’s fellowship on its blog, which you can find here.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year and a half since I joined the Fractured Atlas team. In my first post for the organization after just a few weeks on the job, I noted a commitment to taking a “hands on” approach to incorporating artists into the political process. It has been inspiring to involve Fractured Atlas members in the policy process ever since: an official comment to the Federal Communications Commission, a Capitol Hill event on the Maker Movement (pictured), a 3D printing & the Arts policy panel at 3D/DC, and more.

Throughout the fellowship, I’ve had the pleasure of working from the Washington, D.C. office of Public Knowledge, a public interest group that fights for consumer rights on technology policy issues. Public Knowledge is committed to grooming the next generation of grassroots advocates, and I’ve been surrounded by talented interns, externs, and fellows (pictured below, with Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman). The PK team has embraced opportunities to involve Fractured Atlas artists in these federal discussions.

Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman (center), flanked by Public Knowledge interns, externs, and fellows, including Courtney Duffy (bottom right).

I look forward to building upon this progress in the fellowship’s final six months! As always, if you have questions or ideas, don’t be afraid to reach out: @cduffy90 or

Courtney Duffy is the Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow at Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology organization that helps artists with the business side of the creative work. To learn more about Fractured Atlas, or to get involved, visit us here.

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