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As the nations largest carriers pioneer a network upgrade, Public Knowledge and the Center of Media Justice released a toolkit designed to educate Americans about the IP transition’s potential impact on our everyday lives.
While this transition has the potential to lead to a more efficient communications infrastructure, there are still lots of decisions about how the values that made the old system great will apply to the new.
Public Knowledge has joined ten other organizations in support of a set of existing guidelines for releasing public government data in the United States, entitled “Open Government Data: Best-Practices Language for Making Data ‘License-Free’”.
The guidelines were first published in August 2013 and a new and improved version was released today. The document states:
…it is essential that U.S. federal government agencies have the tools to preserve the United States’ long legal tradition of ensuring that public information created by the federal government is exempt from U.S. copyright and remains free for everyone to use without restriction.
Data that has no restrictions on reuse is referred to as “license-free”. License-free government data promotes both a transparent democracy and entrepreneurial innovation. For instance, license-free data can be accessed, analyzed, visualized, and shared by academics, journalists, businesspersons, and voters.
Today we urged the Federal Communications Commission to clarify and enforce a provision the Communications Act designed to protect phone customers’ privacy.
Do you ever think about how much your phone service provider knows about you—where you go, how long you stay there, and whom you talk to and for how long? Do you think your provider should be able to sell or share that information with anyone, for any reason? No?
3D printing was left out of the Undetectable Firearms Act, but the discussion about 3D printed guns raises broader concerns about how well lawmakers understand making things at home.
Yesterday the Senate passed an extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act. While this act is mostly about what its name suggests – undetectable firearms – discussion about the bill has managed to bring in 3D printing. As an organization, Public Knowledge takes no positions on gun policy. Therefore we would not normally have anything to say about a gun-related bill. But Public Knowledge is involved in 3D printing policy. With the passage of this extension in both the Senate and last week in the House, now is a good time to explain what has lead us to this point, what is happening now, and how it all impacts 3D printing.
We are happy to announce that Public Knowledge will host a third Adam Thomas Memorial Fellow in 2014. Adam's friends and family came together this year to raise funds to support a new fellow in Adam's honor. We wanted to share their stories about why remembering Adam with this Fellowship is important.
"Adam’s feather in life had settled upon his passion to make the power of information accessible and create an environment where our full creative potentials may thrive. He has held this passion when going to Pitt Law and earning his Intellectual Property Rights certification. He has worked towards this goal when working at the Electronic Freedom Foundation and he has laid to rest as he sought to reach his dream at Public Knowledge.
Today, Public Knowledge joins a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Act ("ECPA"). Please sign a White House petition to improve legal protections of our communications.
Have you ever wondered what, if anything, protects the content of your emails from prying government eyes? Well, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ("ECPA") is supposed to do that. But there’s a big problem with ECPA: it was written in the 1980s and has never been updated. As we all know, there have been some major changes to the way we communicate in the last 25 years. Those changes, in combination with an outdated law, have created some troubling deficits in privacy protection.
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