Platforms adopted by Democrats and Republicans at their parties’ national conventions over the past weeks differed sharply on social, economic, and other key issues but found common ground on the preservation of Internet freedom as a means of promoting economic growth and technological innovation. The platform approved by Democrats convened in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday touted the achievements of the Obama Administration in building “partnerships to support an Internet that is secure and reliable and that is respectful of U.S intellectual property, free flow of information, and privacy.” Citing Obama’s commitment to “protecting an open Internet that fosters investment, innovation, creativity, consumer choice and free speech unfettered by censorship or undue violations of privacy,” the Democrats pledged to “ensure that America has a 21st century digital infrastructure” that includes “robust wired and wireless broadband capability, a smarter electrical grid, and upgraded information technology infrastructure in key sectors such as health care and education.” The Democrats also acknowledged, “there is no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary or too costly.” As such, the platform endorses the initiative launched earlier by the Obama Administration that calls on federal agencies to review and streamline their regulations—an effort that “will save at least $10 billion over five years.” Similarly, the platform adopted last week by the Republicans in Tampa, Florida calls for “a sunset requirement to force reconsideration of out-of-date regulations” and also endorses pending legislation “to require congressional approval for all new major and costly regulations.” Touting the independence of the Internet as “its power,” the Republicans vowed to “resist any effort to shift control away from the successful multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance and toward governance by international or other intergovernmental organizations.” The Republicans further pledged to ensure “that personal data receives full constitutional protection from government overreach and that individuals retain the right to control the use of their data by third parties.”