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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 Those changes, in combination with an outdated law, have created some troubling deficits in privacy protection.
The largest telephone companies in the U.S. have announced they want toupgrade the technology that delivers phone service, but they also want to leave behind many of the rules that protect consumers.
Location: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW—one block NE of Dupont Circle Metro
Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will be speaking at this November 19, 2013 event:
The tragic suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz in the fall of 2012 drew public attention to the ethical problems that arise from the protection—or overprotection--of intellectual property. Does information really want to be free, as the saying goes?
And what can we learn from Jewish tradition--from the Talmud to more modern interpretations -- about creating a fair balance between the intellectual property rights of writers and other artists and access to copyrighted media in the United States?
Today, the Innovation Act introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 325-91. The bill introduces changes to various aspects of patent litigation practice and other aspects of the patent system to help curb these abuses.
The following can be attributed to Christopher J. Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs:
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