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Public Knowledge celebrated its 8th Anniversary and 6th Annual IP3 Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, October 15th, 2009.
Awards were given to individuals who have, over the past year — or over the course of their careers, advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of “IP” — Internet Protocol, Intellectual Property and Information Policy.
Karen Jackson, the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is recognized for her work in Information Policy. She is recognized for her work in making information available to local governments about how to bring broadband to their areas, and for leading the Commonwealth’s broadband mapping project using state resources to complete the task ahead of many other states. She has worked with government and industry to become one of the preeminent broadband advocates in the country.
Sascha Meinrath, is recognized for his work in Internet Protocol. He is the creator of the Open Technology Initiative (OTI) at the New America Foundation. OTI is dedicated to using the potential of innovative open technologies by studying their social and economic impact, providing in-depth, objective research, analysis, and findings. He was also a principal in creating the Measurement Lab (M-Lab), an open platform designed to allow researchers to study traffic on the Internet. He also has a long history of building wireless community networks, and provides expertise on spectrum issues to the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition.
Siva Vaidhyanathan, is recognized for his work in Intellectual Property. Now a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, Vaidhyanathan for a decade has been one of the leading academic advocates for a more balanced copyright policy. He is the author of two books, His first book, “Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity,” (New York University Press, 2001) and “The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System” (Basic Books, 2004), with a third scheduled for next year. He also has written numerous articles and appeared on TV making the case for access to information.
Judges for this year's awards were:
Kenneth DeGraff, Legislative Director for Representative Mike Doyle;
Parul Desai, Vice President of the Media Access Project;
Jason Schultz, Acting Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law;
Jonathan Taplin, Professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Public Knowledge Board of Directors.
This will be a widely attended event hosted by Public Knowledge.
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