We are in the second month of the 2019 hurricane season and to many, especially those living in Puerto Rico, there are fears about what this season may bring to the island that was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria almost two years ago. Those working in disaster management cite the importance of preparedness in advance of extreme weather; however, in order for a community to be prepared, there must be data that helps the community understand the full scope of their vulnerabilities.
It is my honor this month to take over as President and CEO of Public Knowledge where I have spent the last seven years working as part of an incredible team. I’ve devoted many years to Public Knowledge because I believe it is a special institution. Under our mission to “promote free expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works,” the PK team prides itself on the breadth of tech policy issues we cover, the expert analysis we offer, and the trusted resources we provide for both policymakers and the broader technology-using public. In this new role as PK President, I wanted to share why my career path has taught me that Public Knowledge’s work and expertise is needed now more than ever.
There’s nothing wrong with saying that you “own” data. Public Knowledge has supported data ownership as a colloquialism that reflects an intuition: Data about us provides information regarding the intimacies of our very identity and existence. Speaking in this way, we should certainly “own” or have control over that data to protect our fundamental right to privacy.
This week, Congressman Pascrell (D-NJ), Congressman Pallone (D-NJ), and Senator Blumenthal reintroduced the BOSS Act in a renewed attempt to bring transparency and fair practices to the online market for event tickets. Public Knowledge applauds the Act, which looks to end the worst abuses of the consolidated ticket sale/resale market while maintaining an individual ticket holder’s right to do what they want with the ticket they purchased.