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Some of my favorite movie moments are “reinforcement” scenes. Just when it appears the heroes are doomed, the music swells and unexpected allies arrive to save the day. You can probably picture the scenes: the resurrected Avengers arriving via portals in Avengers: Endgame or Gandalf and the Rohirrim’s grand entrance at Helm’s Deep. Many internet […]

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Over the past couple of months, millions of people across the U.S. have protested the inequitable treatment that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), particularly Black people, have faced throughout our nation’s history. Now, unlike previous racial justice movements, so much of how we connect, work, live, or engage is online. Digital platforms and technology […]

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After recent Black Lives Matter protests, Americans rushed to libraries to request books on history, politics, and anti-racism. There were immediate shortages of certain books, with up to six month waits for commonly recommended titles. This happened throughout the entire system — even electronic books had long queues to check out. This is, in part, […]

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As workplaces begin to reopen, one question seems top of mind: How do I ensure that my employees aren’t sick? In a rush to answer this question, tech companies claiming to have the answer have begun marketing surveillance measures to track an employee’s risk for coronavirus infection. Unfortunately, it’s uncertain how effective these unproven technologies […]

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Videos Video: How Do We Move Beyond Consent Models in Privacy Legislation?

Video: How Do We Move Beyond Consent Models in Privacy Legislation?

July 30, 2020 Consent Models, Online Privacy, Privacy, Privacy Legislation, Webinar Series

A discussion about why consent doesn’t protect consumers & other frameworks that could be used in federal privacy legislation.

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Videos Video: Digital Redlining & Connectivity Barriers in Marginalized Communities

Video: Digital Redlining & Connectivity Barriers in Marginalized Communities

July 24, 2020 Connectivity Barriers, Digital Redlining, Webinar Series

A discussion on policy solutions to connectivity barriers.

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American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Native Villages, and the Hawaiian Homelands have some of the worst access to broadband in the United States. According to the Federal Communications Commission,  36% of housing units on Tribal lands do not have access to broadband; on non-Tribal lands, this number is only 8%. Tribes face hurdles to accessing the […]

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My First Year as President and CEO of Public Knowledge

July 15, 2020
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One year ago today, I took over the reins as President and CEO of Public Knowledge. Our nation has faced some challenges in these unprecedented times, and I could not be prouder of the work our staff has accomplished over the past year. In addition to our daily outreach to policymakers, coalitions, and the public, […]

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Over the past couple of weeks, a who’s who of over 500 brands, including Verizon, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Levi’s, Starbucks, Reebok, Adidas, and Ford, announced they would withdraw their advertising from Facebook for the month of July or longer. Many were responding to the #StopHateForProfit campaign, organized by a coalition of civil rights and public interest […]

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Last year, Public Knowledge and Roosevelt Institute published my book, The Case for the Digital Platform Act, I argued there that we could define digital platforms as a distinct sector of the economy, and that the structure of these businesses and the nature of the sector combined to encourage behaviors that create challenges for existing […]

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