Items tagged "coronavirus"

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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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Updating the National Broadband Plan Marks a Step Toward the Future, But Congress Must Follow Through

May 7, 2020 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , National Broadband Plan

Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced the “National Broadband Plan for the Future Act.” The bill would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to update the National Broadband Plan, as well as study how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Americans connect and engage online.

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Public Knowledge Warns Proposed COVID-19 Data Privacy Bill Fails to Protect Americans’ Privacy

April 30, 2020 Consumer Privacy , coronavirus , Data Privacy , FCC , FTC , Online Privacy

Today, Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss), John Thune (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-Kan), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) announced plans to introduce the “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” in an effort to protect Americans’ privacy during the pandemic. Public Knowledge finds that the proposed legislation fails to provide privacy protection for consumers and lacks enforcement teeth.

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