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April 2021

Twenty Years of Defending Digital Ownership

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Twenty years ago, we saw the creation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It was intended to modernize copyright law for the digital age. Instead, it made it much worse. Ordinary activities in the physical world -- like loaning a copy of something, giving it away, or reselling it -- are prohibited in the digital world. As media becomes increasingly digital, we can’t share things as we once did, and we don’t own our digital copies, we license…

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May 2021

Do We Have a Media Crisis? Core Factors and What We Can Do About It

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

  With featured speakers: Victor Pickard Author of Democracy Without Journalism? Professor, University of Pennsylvania Sue Wilson Emmy-winning Director of Broadcast Blues, activist journalist, founder of Media Action Center Christopher Lewis Christopher Lewis is President and CEO at Public Knowledge. Before joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris worked for the Federal Communications Commission Office of Legislative Affairs, Senator Ted Kennedy's office, and President Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign.   Hear each of these panelists speak about the history and influences that have led our country to…

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Promoting the Open Internet Throughout Public Knowledge’s History

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The fight for an open internet has been ongoing over the past two decades. In 2014, there was a light at the end of the tunnel; Tom Wheeler, who was at the time the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, introduced net neutrality rules that received a record-breaking 4 million comments calling for reclassifying broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. After this unprecedented outpouring of public support, the FCC voted to pass the Open Internet Order, enacting the strongest…

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June 2021

Not So Legacy: The Future of Voice

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Communication networks have seen a lot of change over the past 20 years. Today, the wireless industry is shutting down 2G and 3G networks to make room for 5G, the next generation of wireless technology. Phasing out obsolete legacy networks and repurposing the spectrum will bring enormous benefits to the public. Unlike transitions before it -- including the Tech Transitions and the Analog Sunset -- the Federal Communications Commission has not taken any action to supervise or coordinate the…

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July 2021

Emerging Tech Through the Years at Public Knowledge

July 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Public Knowledge has been a leader on emerging technology policy. In 2011, we started the popular “3D/DC,” an annual interactive conference covering the crucial 3D printing policies that were shaping the industry. In 2018, we evolved this annual conference to cover a range of emerging technologies beyond 3D printing, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things. The following year, we re-focused the event’s discussions on how these technologies impact communities of color, and how they can…

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