Items tagged "coronavirus"

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Public Knowledge Applauds Bill Protecting the Public’s Right to Repair During Health Crisis

August 6, 2020 coronavirus , Covid-19 , Medical Devices , Pandemic , Right to Repair

Today, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) introduced “The Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020” to allow trained experts to maintain and repair essential medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, and temporarily suspend restrictions that are blocking needed repairs. Public Knowledge commends Sen. Wyden and Rep. Clarke for championing the needs of patients and medical professionals during this public health crisis.

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Public Interest, Tribal Advocacy Groups Urge FCC to Extend 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window Deadline to Connect Tribes

July 23, 2020 2.5 GHz , 5G , coronavirus , Covid-19 , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Broadband Access , Tribal Broadband , tribal priority window , Wireless Deployment , Wireless Infrastructure

Today, Public Knowledge joined nearly 50 public interest groups, tribal advocacy organizations, trade associations, and churches in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. The “Tribal Priority Window” allows tribes to apply to receive free spectrum licenses on the 2.5 GHz band — crucial for expanding 5G to Tribal lands. The groups urge the agency to extend the deadline to February 3, 2021 due to the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on American Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian communities, and Alaska Native villages across the nation.

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Native American Tribal Groups Join Public Interest Groups Urging Congress to Extend Wireless Broadband Application Deadline for Tribes

July 8, 2020 2.5 GHz , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , FCC , Rural Broadband Access , Wireless

Today, Public Knowledge joined 15 other public interest, rural, tribal, and consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to request the Federal Communications Commission extend the 2.5 GHz wireless broadband application deadline for American Indian tribes.

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Public Knowledge Shares Misinformation Reporting Insights With Congress to Tackle Disinformation on Digital Platforms

June 24, 2020 coronavirus , Covid-19 , Disinformation , infodemic , Internet Superfund , misinformation , Section 230

Yesterday, Public Knowledge sent a letter to Congress providing insight into the flow of misinformation and disinformation over social media platforms to prepare for the joint hearing on “A Country in Crisis: How Disinformation Online is Dividing the Nation.” The hearing will discuss the impact of disinformation on the American public.

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Public Knowledge Commends Internet Archive for Championing Consumers During Pandemic, Urges Lawmakers to Support Digital Lending

June 10, 2020 controlled digital lending , coronavirus , internet archive , Pandemic

Today, the Internet Archive announced that it is ending its National Emergency Library lending program, citing the efforts of local libraries and other institutions to increase the circulation of digital books. Public Knowledge commends the Internet Archive for championing access to knowledge during this time of crisis, and urges policymakers to support legislation that makes more print books available electronically.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill Creating Privacy Rules for COVID-19 Exposure Notification Apps

June 2, 2020 Consumer Privacy , contact tracing , coronavirus , Data Privacy , exposure notification

Yesterday, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the “Exposure Notification Privacy Act” to ensure that any exposure notification apps developed to assist with contact tracing will protect user privacy. Public Knowledge welcomes the bill for providing privacy protections for Americans’ data collected from these apps. 

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Privacy Bill Protecting American Data During Pandemic

May 14, 2020 Consumer Privacy , contact tracing , coronavirus , Data Privacy , Surveillance

Today, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the “Public Health Emergency Privacy Act” to protect Americans’ privacy even as contact tracing, exposure notification, and other coronavirus surveillance technology becomes commonplace.

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Gene Kimmelman to Testify Before Senate Commerce Committee On Broadband Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 13, 2020 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , coronavirus , Digital Divide , internet access , internet inequality , testimony

Public Knowledge Senior Advisor Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic” will urge Congress to pass a comprehensive legislative package to ensure that broadband is affordable, reliable, and available universally both during and after the pandemic.

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Public Knowledge Commends House Democrats for Championing Broadband During Pandemic

May 12, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Data Caps , Digital Divide , internet inequality

Today, House Democrats introduced the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act” that, among other provisions, helps Americans access broadband — or stay connected — during the pandemic. Public Knowledge commends House Democrats and Sen. Merkley for championing broadband access for everyone during a time when no American can afford to be left behind.

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Public Knowledge: We Need a ‘Superfund for the Internet’ to Fight Misinformation Online

May 11, 2020 coronavirus , infodemic , Internet Superfund , misinformation , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce the latest addition to our tracking report logging digital platform responses to misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic: a “superfund for the internet” proposal. Such a fund would compel digital platforms like Google and Facebook to invest in tools our society needs to fight misinformation online — tools that have been proven during the pandemic.

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