Items tagged "Communications & Pandemic Series"

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Your Office Doesn’t Need To Be a Permanent Surveillance State to Stop Coronavirus

July 30, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , contact tracing , Data Protection , Privacy , Surveillance

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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FCC: Don’t Abandon Tribes During a Pandemic, Extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window 

July 22, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , FCC , Rural Broadband , Tribal Broadband

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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This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The right to repair consumer goods such as gaming systems, appliances, and even medical equipment is more important than ever now that we are living […]

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It’s Not Delivery, It’s Diminished Competition: Can Uber Really Buy Grubhub?

May 22, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Communications & Pandemic Series , DOJ , FTC , Platform Competition

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken so much from so many, so we’ve got to find bits of joy where we can. For me, quarantined with […]

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The Pandemic Proves We Need A “Superfund” to Clean Up Misinformation on the Internet

May 11, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , Content Moderation , Disinformation , Internet Superfund , Local Journalism , misinformation , Platform Regulation

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. “When the next pandemic strikes, we’ll be fighting it on two fronts. The first is the one you immediately think about: understanding the disease, researching […]

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Privacy-Protective Contact Tracing Depends on More Than an API

April 17, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , Consumer Privacy , Data Privacy , Data Protection , interoperability , Privacy , Surveillance

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. Many observers in the era of coronavirus are advocating that in order for life to “go back to normal,” contact tracing applications will have to […]

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Acquisitions in the Time of COVID: Big Tech Gets Bigger

April 7, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Communications & Pandemic Series , FTC , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. In the pilot of HBO’s recently-ended show, Silicon Valley, fictional mega-platform Hooli offers protagonist Richard Hendricks the deal of a lifetime: $10 million for his […]

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This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. As social distancing becomes the new normal across the globe, demands on broadband networks have grown larger, and those demands have begun to strain the […]

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Next Stimulus Package Should Target “Distressed” Local Journalism

March 27, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , Congress , Disinformation , Future of News , journalism , Legislation , Local News

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an explosion of misinformation, fraud, and fear. Unfortunately, the big digital networks that citizens are turning to for connection, entertainment, […]

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Keep All Americans Connected By Prohibiting Data Caps During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 27, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , Data Caps , FCC

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. On March 13, as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic caused most of the nation to take drastic measures to socially distance and […]

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