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18th Annual IP3 Awards

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September 23, 2021 06:30 PM to September 23, 2021 06:30 PM

 

The IP3 Awards is a special occasion to honor those who have made significant contributions in the three areas of IP: Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol. This year will be the 18th year Public Knowledge has held the awards, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.

We’ll be holding this year’s event virtually, but we will be using an interactive platform to give it an “in-person” feel! We will also be collecting your home address in your registration in order to send you a Gift Bag for the event.

Please save the date and come celebrate on Thursday, September 23rd!

Our 2021 Information Policy Award will be presented to Joy Buolamwini. She is a researcher and artist whose work illuminates the social implications and harms of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League and is a champion for algorithmic justice across the globe.

Our 2021 Intellectual Property Award will be posthumously presented to Sherwin Siy. He was a tech policy activist whose expertise spanned a range of fields including copyright, privacy, telecommunications, and free expression. He served as a lead attorney for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Public Knowledge, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Our 2021 Internet Protocol Award will be presented to Chris Mitchell. He is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis. He is a leading national expert on community broadband networks and runs MuniNetworks.org, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local broadband access policies.

Our 2021 President’s Award will be presented to Senator Amy Klobuchar — one of the Senate’s foremost leaders on tech issues like platform regulation and broadband opportunity. As Chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee, Senator Klobuchar has held blockbuster hearings to ensure fair competition in digital markets and proposed concrete reforms to update our antitrust laws to face the challenges of today. Building on her years of experience in the telecommunications sector, she has also been a leader on broadband access and affordability, working tirelessly on legislation to narrow the digital divide and to ensure that it is affordable for all.

If you have additional questions or are interested in being a sponsor of the 2021 IP3 Awards, please email michele@publicknowledge.org.

We will send the information on how to attend a few days before the event. We will be using a new platform, so as soon as you receive the invitation, please sign-up for the platform.

 

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Emerging Tech Through the Years at Public Knowledge

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July 22, 2021 02:00 PM to July 22, 2021 02:00 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 be used for social change.

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we are looking back on the topics we showcased over the years. Join us on Thursday, July 22nd to hear from the people who were instrumental in leading Public Knowledge’s work on emerging technologies, and learn what challenges lie ahead for emerging technology policy advocates.

Speakers:

Courtney Duffy, Creator Policy Engagement at Patreon

Alisa Valentin, Special Advisor at the Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Michael Weinberg, Executive Director at Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, NYU Law

Moderator:

Chris Lewis, President & CEO at Public Knowledge

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Not So Legacy: The Future of Voice

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June 30, 2021 02:00 PM to June 30, 2021 02:00 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 3G Sunset.

Many Americans rely on these legacy networks for basic, reliable voice telephone service, either directly or through roaming agreements between carriers. Alarm services and other businesses still use 3G for data. Can the industry manage this transition on its own, or will the FCC need to preserve the fundamental values that have guided past transitions: universal service, consumer protection, competition, network reliability, and public safety? If the FCC does get involved, what is its proper role?

As part of our 20th Anniversary Event Series, join us on Wednesday, June 30 to hear from the experts on the lessons of these communications evolutions, and what this means for the future.

Speakers:

Mignon Clyburn, Principal at MLC Strategies

Nell Geiser, Research Director at Communications Workers of America

Craig Settles, Industry Analyst & President at CJ S.peaks

Moderator:

Harold Feld, Vice President at Public Knowledge

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Promoting the Open Internet Throughout Public Knowledge’s History

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May 27, 2021 02:00 PM to May 27, 2021 02:00 PM

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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 net neutrality rules in history.

Despite multiple courts upholding this decision, and continuing public outcry, the 2017 FCC removed these open internet protections. Public interest groups continue to call on Congress and the FCC to put these protections back in place in order to ensure internet users can access all content equally.

Join us on Thursday, May 27 to hear from the people who’ve been at the forefront of the long battle that continues to this day.

Speakers:

Remarks from Senator Ed Markey

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge

Tom Wheeler, Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Sarah Morris, Director at Open Technology Institute

Steven Renderos, Executive Director at Media Justice

Matt Wood, Vice President of Policy and General Counsel at Free Press

Moderator:

Chris Lewis, President and CEO at Public Knowledge

 

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

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May 04, 2021 07:00 PM to May 04, 2021 07:00 PM

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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 the rapid proliferation of a propagandist media that is threatening truth and fomenting extremism. The presentations will be followed by audience questions and answers and information-sharing on what we can do about the state of the media to address the democracy crisis.

Registration/ sliding scale tickets ($ any amount)https://tinyurl.com/dowehaveamediacrisis

Facebook share: https://fb.me/e/EfrZd25Y

Website share: https://thedemocracysurvey.org

Contact: Jennifer Karius, DemocracyReformRankingProject@gmail.com

We can’t have democracy without journalism, without a press system, without a free and functional 4th estate…Unfortunately, a lot of the concerns don’t get at the structural causes. One of the main contributing factors is the loss of public service journalism: investigative reporting, local reporting, policy reporting- that thing that democracy requires- is disappearing. It’s a national crisis. It is affecting all of us. Everyone who cares about our democracy needs to care about our news and information systems. ~ Victor Pickard

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Twenty Years of Defending Digital Ownership

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April 29, 2021 02:00 PM to April 29, 2021 02:00 PM

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Online

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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 them. This has hurt libraries and other public institutions by preventing their ability to purchase, share, and preserve creative works for the future.

It isn’t just media that’s become digital, but our devices as well. This means that in order to repair and sometimes even fully use our devices, digital locks must be broken. To do that lawfully, the Copyright Office has to grant an exemption, which only lasts three years.

Lawful activities, like reselling, repairing, and remixing have become significantly stifled. Unfortunately, what we predicted 20 years ago has come true; copyright law has failed to account for the role that technology plays in our everyday lives.

Fighting for the public’s right to use and own digital works has been a cornerstone of Public Knowledge’s work over the past 20 years. Hear from long-time leaders of this fight on what got us to where we are today and what we can learn from the past 20 years.

This is the third event in our 20th Anniversary event series.

Speakers:

Michael Weinberg, Executive Director at Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, NYU Law

Lila Bailey, Policy Counsel at Internet Archive

Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law and Founder & Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Michelle Wu, Retired Professor of Law at Georgetown University

Moderator :

John Bergmayer, Legal Director at Public Knowledge

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The Untold Story of SOPA/PIPA

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March 17, 2021 02:00 PM to March 17, 2021 02:00 PM

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Online

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In January of 2012, an unprecedented coordinated protest took place online in opposition to two federal bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). More than 115,000 websites published protest content or even completely shut down for the day in an attempt to shut down these internet blacklist attempts. The extreme anti-piracy bills would have jeopardized online community platforms and innovation set bad examples for internet censorship globally and threatened security online. But the protest was a success.

Defeating SOPA/PIPA didn’t happen overnight. Advocacy groups like Public Knowledge fought long and hard for years to raise the alarms about these censorship efforts. Join us on Wednesday, March 17th to hear the untold stories from people who were on the front lines.

Speakers:

Special remarks from Senator Ron Wyden

Maura Corbett, CEO & Founder of the Glen Echo Group

Laurent Crenshaw, Head of Policy at Patreon

Ernesto Falcon, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Moderator:

Michael Petricone, Senior VP, Government Affairs at ‎Consumer Technology Association

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20th Anniversary Kickoff: Public Knowledge’s Founding

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February 23, 2021 11:00 AM to February 23, 2021 11:00 AM

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Online

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To kick off our 20th year, join the founders of Public Knowledge to discuss the history of the organization and how it’s grown over time. Panelists will also discuss the role of public interest groups in tech policy, our wins and losses over the last 20 years, and how our work shifted over the years in response to changing policy landscapes.

This is part of a year-long series of events in celebration of our 20th anniversary.

Panelists:

Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy, Benton Senior Fellow & Public Advocate

David Bollier, Director, Reinventing the Commons Program, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Laurie Racine, President, Racine Strategy

Moderated by Chris Lewis, President & CEO of Public Knowledge

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A Seat at the Table: How Tech Policy Groups Can Welcome Diverse Talent

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February 19, 2021 01:30 PM to February 19, 2021 01:30 PM

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Online

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Public Knowledge is hosting a webinar to discuss its “Diversity in Early-Career Tech Policy Roles: Challenges and Opportunities” Report. The report explores the types of early career opportunities available in tech policy nonprofits and the diversity within these roles, as well as the steps organizations are taking to increase diversity.

Panelists will discuss approaches to increasing diversity within organizations, the value of mentorship, and perspectives on the state of diversity in tech policy and its implications for communities of color.

This webinar is open to all, and we especially encourage the attendance of people who are able to influence diversity efforts within their organizations.

Speakers:

Alisa Valentin: Ph.D.: Special Advisor, Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Misty Perez: Chief of Staff, Free Press

Joe Torres: Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement, Free Press

Dominique Harrison: Ph.D. : Director, Technology Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Moderator: Tsion Tesfaye, Communication Justice Fellow, Public Knowledge

 

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Reining In Big Tech in Europe and America | What US Policymakers Should Know

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January 27, 2021 12:00 PM to January 27, 2021 12:00 PM

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Online

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Across the globe, Big Tech is in the regulatory and antitrust hot seat. The European Commission has launched two major initiatives–the Digital Markets Act & the Digital Services Act–to rein in digital platforms and protect consumers. In the United Kingdom, the Competition and Markets Authority has its own plans for a Digital Markets Unit dedicated to platform regulation. With global momentum building, what can the United States learn from these European regulatory proposals?

Join Public Knowledge and our all-star panel of experts to discuss.

Keynote:

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Presenter:

Dr. Mike Walker, Chief Economic Advisor, Competition & Markets Authority

Panelists:

Dr. Cristina Caffarra, Head of European Competition, Charles River Associates

Fiona Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale University School of Management

Tom Wheeler, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Moderator:

Charlotte Slaiman, Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge

We will send call-in information to registrants in advance of the webinar

 

Disclosures:

Dr. Cristina Caffarra is a competition expert at Charles River Associates, and has been an advisor on antitrust matters both for and against tech platforms, to companies and government agencies. Corporate clients have included Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Uber, and others.

Fiona Scott Morton has engaged in antitrust expert witness consulting for a variety of corporations over the last three years, including Amazon and Apple, as well as for government enforcers.

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: How the DMCA is used to inhibit free expression on the internet

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December 15, 2020 02:00 PM to December 15, 2020 02:00 PM

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Online

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The DMCA was intended to protect copyright holders from having their work stolen or reproduced online. Too often, however, the DMCA is used as a weapon for rights holders to bully competitors, critics, and even fans discussing their work online. Lindsay Ellis, a prominent YouTube creator, will discuss her run-ins with DMCA notices after she published a video that was critical of a romance author. Casey Fiesler, member of the Legal Committee of the Organization for Transformative Works, as well as Corynne McSherry, Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will be providing helpful context about how the DMCA has been used to quash free expression on the internet.

 

Panelists:

Lindsay Ellis, Science Fiction Author, and Video Essayist

Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation

Casey Fiesler, Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Boulder

Moderator: Meredith Rose, Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge

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Broadband Network Reliability: Are “Best Efforts” Sufficient in the Digital Era?

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October 29, 2020 02:00 PM to October 29, 2020 02:00 PM

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Online

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Historically, the internet is a “best efforts” service. Subscribers knowingly accept the risk of outages at any time as a condition of using the network. Today, access to reliable broadband has become an essential cornerstone of the economy, education, and public safety. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased our reliance on broadband even further while regulated legacy telephone networks are being phased out. Is the industry keeping pace with these changes? Or is it time to impose reliability regulations of some kind on broadband networks?

Our expert panel will discuss both the current state of broadband network reliability and whether we need a new, more regulatory approach. What safeguards are already in place either at the state level or the federal level? How is the industry keeping up with the challenge of COVID-19 induced demand surges and increasingly extreme weather events? If we need a new approach, should we model it on traditional utility reliability regulation, or do we need something different?

Speakers:

Regina Costa – Telecommunications Policy Director, TURN

Travis Litman – Chief of Staff to FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel

Svetlana Matt – Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Jerry McNerny (D-CA)

Francella Ochillo – Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Tom Power – SVP and General Counsel, CTIA

Moderator:

Harold Feld – Senior Vice-President, Public knowledge

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Big Tech’s Big Competition Problem: Analyzing the House Judiciary Antitrust Report

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October 09, 2020 01:00 PM to October 09, 2020 01:00 PM

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Online

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After seven hearings and more than 200 interviews, will Big Tech finally be held accountable by Congress?

The House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee launched its blockbuster report this week, summarizing the findings of a year-long bipartisan investigation into Big Tech’s market power. Leading the charge to reform and regulate Big Tech, Chairman David Cicilline will join our panel of antitrust experts to discuss the report’s findings, including Big Tech’s competition problems, possible solutions for the digital platform market, and where Congress and federal regulators could go from here to rein in Big Tech.

Keynote Speaker: Chairman David Cicilline

Speakers:

Geoffrey Manne – President & Founder, International Center for Law & Economics

Stacy Mitchell – Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Alex Petros – Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge

Gigi Sohn -Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy

Moderator:

Chris Lewis– President & CEO, Public Knowledge

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Discovering Career Paths in Tech Policy

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October 08, 2020 01:30 PM to October 08, 2020 01:30 PM

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Online

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Public Knowledge will host a webinar to introduce students and early career professionals to technology policy career paths. Bringing together a panel of diverse individuals currently working in tech policy, we will highlight the variety of opportunities in the field while counseling participants on how to navigate this space.

This webinar is open to anyone interested in launching a career in tech policy. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to attend.

This webinar is generously supported by the Nielsen Foundation and the Democracy Fund.

Speakers:

  • Yosef Getachew, Media & Democracy Program Director at Common Cause
  • Francella Ochillo, Executive Director at Next Century Cities
  • Daiquiri Ryan, Strategic Legal Advisor, and Policy Counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition & Co-founder of Neta Collab
  • Harlan Yu, Executive Director at Upturn

Moderator:

  • Tsion Tesfaye, Communication Justice Fellow at Public Knowledge

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17th Annual IP3 Awards

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September 24, 2020 06:30 PM to September 24, 2020 06:30 PM

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Online

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The IP3 Awards is a special occasion to honor those who have made significant contributions in the three areas of IP: Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol. This year will be the seventeenth year Public Knowledge has held the awards, and we’re excited to celebrate with you.

Due to the current pandemic, Public Knowledge has decided to host this year’s IP3 Awards online.

Since this year’s event is virtual, we will be collecting your home address in your registration in order to send you a Gift Bag for the event. We hope this gift will help our attendees feel like they are with us in person on the big day.

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 17th annual IP3 Awards:

– The Intellectual Property Award goes to Lila Bailey, Policy Counsel for Internet Archive.

– The Internet Protocol Award goes jointly to Matthew Rantanen (Canadian Cree), Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association and Director for the Tribal Digital Village Network Initiative, and Partnering and Business Development at Arcadian Infracom; and Geoffrey C. Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, Muscogee Creek), Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for AMERIND and former founding Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy.

– The Information Policy Award goes to Stop Hate for Profit, a campaign that organized a mass boycott of Facebook advertising.

Below, you will see our plan for the evening. We are introducing a Breakout Room option this year, in order to give you an opportunity to ask questions and talk with the awardees. With your registration, please let us know what room would better be suited for you.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the 2020 IP3 Awards, please email michele@publicknowledge.org .

We will send the information on how to attend a few days before the event. Please make sure to sign in to your Zoom account (using the same email you used to register for the event) in order to participate.

*This is a widely attended event.*

 

Thanks to our Platinum sponsors:

 

     

 

                               

               

 

Thanks to our Gold sponsors:

                 

                     

 

Thanks to our Silver sponsors:

AARP
ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association
Al Kramer
Glen Echo Group
Harris Wiltshire Grannis
Levin Blaszek Block & Boothby
Lumen
Perry Bayliss
Postmates
Sonos
Spotify
Starry
USTelecom

Thanks to our Bronze sponsors:

Blair Levin
Communications Workers of America
Covington & Burling LLP
Crown Castle
Gary Slaiman
Harris Wiltshire Grannis
Hogan Lovells
iFixIt
INCOMPAS
Kelley Drye & Warren
News Media Alliance
Paul Gallant
Sports Fan Coalition
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
The Raben Group

 

 

 

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Free Expression Forum: How Section 230 Uplifts Marginalized Voices

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September 03, 2020 02:30 PM to September 03, 2020 02:30 PM

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Online

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The Free Expression Forum at Public Knowledge is an ongoing series of dialogues about the importance of free expression online to artists, entrepreneurs, and content creators. It will highlight how policy decisions impact this important value and how the community of diverse online voices must stand up to preserve it as technology develops.

This first forum will speak to the role that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act plays in content moderation and free expression. Section 230 at its core allows platforms to moderate content without fear of retribution for content moderation decisions. When used well, Section 230 can facilitate conversation online, enable creators and creatives to express themselves, help organize communities and activism, and incentivize free expression. This webinar focuses on the good that Section 230 can do when the law is used to facilitate free expression and what that can mean for the voices of marginalized communities. It will also introduce the challenges this law is facing among policymakers in Washington DC.

Public Knowledge also wants to cover the free expression topics important to the online community. We will use the end of this first forum to invite feedback on future topics of importance to promoting free expression online.

Speakers:

Bertram Lee Jr., Policy counsel at Public Knowledge

Prof. Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University

Daiquiri Ryan, Strategic Legal Advisor and Policy Counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition

Moderator: Chris Lewis, President & CEO of Public Knowledge

 

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How Do We Move Beyond Consent Models In Privacy Legislation?

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July 29, 2020 01:30 PM to July 29, 2020 01:30 PM

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Online

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While everyone agrees that we need federal privacy legislation, how it should work is another story. Oftentimes legislation relies on companies getting consent before collecting, using, or selling data. Consent mechanisms place the burden on consumers to figure out what uses of data are beneficial or harmful.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss why consent doesn’t protect consumers and propose other frameworks that could be used in federal privacy legislation.

Keynote:

Senator Sherrod Brown

Speakers:

Yosef Getachew, Director for Media & Democracy Program at Common Cause

Nathalie Marechal, Senior Policy Analyst at Ranking Digital Rights

Stephanie Nguyen, Digital Rights Researcher at Consumer Reports

Joseph Turow, The Robert Lewis Shayon Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Sara Collins, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge

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Digital Redlining & Connectivity Barriers In Marginalized Communities

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July 23, 2020 02:00 PM to July 23, 2020 02:00 PM

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Online

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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically exposed how digital inequities are further marginalizing minority populations. Internet service providers invest less in broadband infrastructure in communities of color and low-income communities because doing so is considered to be less profitable.

The same neighborhoods that were redlined by banks and insurance companies now face similar discrimination by internet service providers — deemed “digital redlining.” On top of this, many people in marginalized communities can’t afford to connect to broadband or purchase connected devices. Accordingly, the residents of these communities find themselves unable to engage in distance learning, work remotely, access telemedicine, or connect with loved ones virtually.

The consequences of America’s extreme digital divide have been amplified in the current pandemic. Join us for an expert discussion on policy solutions to these connectivity barriers.

Speakers:

Maurita Coley- President and CEO of Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

Lukas Pietrzak – Policy Associate at Next Century Cities

Daiquiri Ryan – Strategic Legal Advisor at the National Hispanic Media Coalition & Co-founder at Neta Collab

Angela Siefer – Executive Director of National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Moderator: Jenna Leventoff – Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge

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More Powerful Than Ever: Do We Need a Regulator for Digital Platforms?

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June 18, 2020 02:00 PM to June 18, 2020 02:00 PM

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Online

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Digital platforms are today’s marketplace, library, and public square, and they are difficult for modern-day consumers to avoid. As people have moved so much of their lives online during the pandemic, digital platforms have grown more powerful than ever.

This crucial industry suffers from a lack of competition and regulation, leaving consumers and businesses with few choices, less innovation, and little recourse when something goes wrong. As a few big names have grown increasingly ubiquitous, many have called on policymakers to tackle the wide range of digital platform issues, from privacy to competition to content moderation.

Join us for a discussion on whether a new digital regulator is necessary — and what one might look like — to effectively promote competition and fairness on these powerful platforms.

Speakers:

Harold Feld – Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge

Susan Ness – Distinguished Fellow at Annenberg Public Policy Center – University of Pennsylvania

Deji Olukotun – Legal Counsel for Policy & Social Impact at Sonos

Adam Conner – Vice President, Technology Policy at Center for American Progress

Moderated by Chris Lewis President and CEO of Public Knowledge

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Controlled Digital Lending: Getting Books to Students During the Pandemic & Beyond

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May 22, 2020 12:00 PM to May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

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Online

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mass closures of schools, libraries, and higher education. Join us for a discussion on how we can use technology to make sure that students, educators, and others can continue to remotely access the collections they need, during lock-down and beyond.

Speakers:

  • Cory Doctorow – Author of Radicalized and Walkaway, special advisor to the EFF; visiting professor of practice in library science, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Chris Freeland – Director of OpenLibraries at the Internet Archive
  • Lisa Petrides Ph.D. – CEO & Founder of Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)
  • Lisa Weaver – Director, Collections & Program Development at Hamilton Public Library

Moderator: Meredith Rose, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge

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Algorithmic Amplification, Misinformation, & Hate Speech in the Pandemic

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May 08, 2020 01:00 PM to May 08, 2020 01:00 PM

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Online

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Platforms in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis are playing an even bigger role in our lives than ever before. One of the consequences of this is that hate speech and misinformation are able to spread faster and get more engagement. This can have disastrous consequences for communities, and may be responsible for racialized violence as well as exacerbate the disproportionate COVID-19 deaths in the black community. Looking at the effect of algorithmic amplification is crucial to understanding both the positive and negative impacts that platforms are playing in our society.

Join us on Friday for an expert discussion on these problems and possible solutions, as part of our ongoing Tech Policy Webinar Series.

Speakers

  • Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Fellow at Governance Program’s Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings
  • David Brody, Counsel & Senior Fellow for Privacy & Technology at Lawyers Committee
  • Kathleen Ruane, Senior Legislative Counsel at ACLU

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Will Local Journalism Survive the Pandemic?

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April 23, 2020 01:00 PM to April 23, 2020 01:00 PM

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Online

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Local journalism has long faced challenges to its survival, and the COVID-19 pandemic presents a new threat of extinction. But, it’s one of our most essential resources, especially in the fight to counter misinformation online. Even as people turn to local journalism outlets more for information on the pandemic in their communities, local media operations are facing significant losses of advertising revenue and cutting staff and circulation throughout the nation.

Join us on Thursday for a discussion with a panel of experts on short- and long-term policy solutions to supporting local journalism, including specific suggestions for the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bills.

Panelists:

– Craig Aaron, Co-CEO, Free Press

– Steve Waldman, Co-Founder, Report for America

– Frances Murphy Draper, CEO & Publisher, Afro-American Newspapers

– Joaquin Alvarado, Executive Director, Project Accelerate at The Seattle Times

– Lisa Macpherson, Senior Policy Fellow, Public Knowledge

– Charlotte Slaiman, Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge, Moderator

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How Congress Can Protect Privacy During a Pandemic

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April 09, 2020 01:00 PM to April 09, 2020 01:00 PM

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Online

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In the scramble to combat COVID-19, a number of worrying initiatives have been proposed, both here and abroad, to fight this virus. This has included geotracking individuals to see if they are complying with social distancing, directing individuals to screening tools that don’t have to comply with health privacy laws, and publishing the identities of those who have been infected. While personal data collection and analysis may be necessary to fight the virus, it’s important to be conscious of the potential harms that could arise from those uses.

Join us for a webinar about specific legislative action Congress could take that would materially protect Americans’ privacy during this crisis. We will be discussing how Congress could close the HIPAA privacy loophole, extend protections to geolocation data held by tech companies, and incorporate privacy lessons learned from other countries.

Speakers:

Gennie Gebhart, Associate Director of Research at Electronic Frontier Foundation

Stacey Gray, Senior Counsel at Future Privacy Forum

Gaurav Laroia, Senior Policy Counsel at Free Press

Eric Null, U.S. Policy Manager at Access Now

Sara Collins, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge (Moderator)

We’ll send call-in information to registrants in advance of the call.

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Events

How to Keep Americans Connected During the Crisis

When
March 26, 2020 11:00 AM to March 26, 2020 11:00 AM

Location
Online

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As Americans adopt social distancing, shifting to telework, online courses, and even video doctor visits, our nation must adapt. We need to enhance our telecommunications services through smart policy changes, many of which should stay in place after things return to “normal.”

Join us for a webinar discussion about specific regulatory and legislative solutions the FCC and Congress should consider to help America overcome this new challenge. Conversation topics will include ways to subsidize broadband for the American public using existing legal authority, policy options for expanding broadband access to students and others who need it, and legislative fixes to ensure that broadband connections are fast and reliable enough to meet the realities of staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers:

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge

Jon Sallet, Senior Fellow, Benton Institute for Broadband and Society

John Windhausen, Executive Director, Schools, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition

Moderator: Chris Lewis, President and CEO, Public Knowledge

We’ll send call-in information to registrants in advance of the call. We will also stream the webinar on our YouTube page.

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