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Chris Lewis. Screen grab from C-SPAN

Public Knowledge, a prominent D.C.-based public interest group that works tech and telecom issues, announced Monday that the group's chief lobbyist Chris Lewis is taking the helm as CEO. Outgoing CEO Gene Kimmelman is stepping aside to take on a senior adviser role.

Why it matters: PK has long been a key player and a leading progressive voice in media and tech policy debates, specifically net neutrality, broadband and antitrust issues. The leadership change also signifies a generational changing-of-the-guard in the public interest community in D.C. as Big Tech battles heat up around town.

Details: Lewis joined PK 7 years ago and has led the group's political operations. He's also worked to create opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities to engage policymakers through PK's fellowship program.

  • Lewis' resume includes stints on the Hill, FCC, and the Obama campaign — and he's an elected member of the Alexandria, Va., public school board.
  • While PK's mission will remain the same, Lewis said he wants to bridge the legacy public interest community's expertise with the next generation's voice when it comes to tech policy.

Kimmelman was chief counsel in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division and, before that, was a long-time policy chief at Consumers Union.

  • In his new role, he'll continue to focus on tech competition policy, and grooming the next generation of public interest advocates.

PK also announced other promotions: Eboni Speight, John Bergmayer, and Phillip Berenbroick to new senior leadership roles as chief operating officer, legal director, and policy director, respectively.

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The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

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President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.