April 23, 2019
“Kevin has been a dynamic and effective leader during his tenure at OTI,” said New America Vice President for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives Cecilia Muñoz. “While we are sad to see him go, we are proud of the organization that OTI has become under his leadership.”
“Kevin is heading to Silicon Valley at a time when tech companies are being intensely, and rightly, scrutinized for the impact of their products and policies on the rights of their users and the health of our institutions. He has the capacity to be a powerful agent of change at this critical moment,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America. “As we wish him well in this important role, OTI will remain a strong player in the technology policy community, with impact that we are proud of on many issues, including those of privacy and surveillance. We are confident that OTI’s influence will continue to grow in Sarah Morris’s capable hands.”
Bankston has further detailed the thinking behind his transition to Facebook in this open letter.
“I’ve had the privilege to work with incredible leadership throughout my tenure at OTI, and I’m especially grateful for the friendship and mentorship I have gained working alongside Kevin,” said Morris. “I am proud of what we accomplished together at OTI, and I know that he will remain a leader on the many privacy issues that we face. OTI’s work is widely recognized on a variety of technology policy issues, due in large part to the team that Kevin has nurtured in his time as director. I’m both honored and excited to carry that legacy forward as OTI continues to grow and evolve.”
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