In maintaining our commitment to cultivate new leaders to enable and promote a free and open internet, Public Knowledge recently concluded the second round of its online Open Internet Course. The course, which ran from June 27 - October 10, 2016, hosted 30 participants, including journalists, students, government officials, and practitioners in the digital rights field.
Today, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released her Initiative on Technology and Innovation, a document outlining the candidate’s tech policy agenda for her administration. Public Knowledge commends Secretary Clinton for her commitment to net neutrality, support of broadband and 5G deployment, pledge to expand the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program to broadband, and balanced copyright approach. Public Knowledge also remains encouraged by Secretary Clinton’s support of spectrum sharing and a federally funded “civic Internet-of-Things”.
Today, President Obama issued an Executive Order on global entrepreneurship, detailing the administration’s goals “designed to connect American and foreign entrepreneurs with the Federal Government and promote entrepreneurship across the United States and around the world.” The Executive Order also establishes that the Global Connect Initiative will focus on encouraging foreign countries to prioritize internet connectivity and digital literacy programs in developing nations.
Today, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report assessing the state of the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the global multistakeholder community. The NTIA’s detailed, 200-page report offers a thoughtful recommendation to approve and advance the IANA transition on its scheduled date: September 30, 2016. It also offers next steps for the completion of this process, as well as suggestions for improvements post-transition.
Today, Public Knowledge launches a call for applications for the 2016 class of the online Open Internet Course, a free, Spanish-language course created to train digital rights activists in Latin America to strategically advocate for Open Internet policies from a human rights perspective. Hosted by Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), this course explores strategic planning, SMART goals development, internet governance, cybersecurity, net neutrality, spectrum management, internet access and more.