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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.
The largest telephone companies in the U.S. have announced they want to upgrade 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, Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act. This bill will work to eliminate broadcast television blackouts and to give consumers the flexibility needed to choose the channels they receive each month from their cable, satellite or other TV providers.
The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney:
Today, Public Knowledge attended an open meeting at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which focused on the future of the IP Transition. FCC open meetings are held monthly to address prominent issues facing communications and telecommunications. This is the second open meeting held by Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC.
The following can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President:
This document is a letter from CTIA and includes the agreement reached between the FCC and wireless carriers to unlock consumers' wireless devices freely upon the termination of their contract. It is available as a pdf.
Please click on the image below to download the toolkit
This is the petition. Available as a PDF.
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