Items tagged "journalism"

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Public Knowledge Applauds Senate for Moving to Support Local Journalism

July 23, 2021 Future of News , journalism , Legislation , Local News , misinformation , New

Today, Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the “Local Journalism Sustainability Act” to create tax credits designed to encourage citizens, small businesses, and newsrooms to sustain and support local news.

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Public Knowledge Joins 5 Consumer Groups Urging Congress To Amend JCPA or Risk Losing Internet Links

June 17, 2021 Copyright , JCPA , journalism

Today, Public Knowledge joined 5 other consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to amend the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) to clarify that the bill does not expand copyright to article links and that consumers will not have to pay to link to or share articles, including headlines and snippets.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Congress to Support the News Without Antitrust Exemptions

October 25, 2019 antitrust exemptions , Antitrust Law , Competition , digital platforms , Future of News , journalism , Media Diversity

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging Congress to protect and promote a free press without exempting news companies from antitrust laws. Public Knowledge argues that this exemption would just lead to self-interested bargaining between large news companies and digital platforms — leaving consumers and citizens out.

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We Told You So: Small Publishers Struggle for a Seat at the Table in Negotiations With Platforms in Australia and France

July 21, 2021 Antitrust , Australia , Big Tech , Facebook , France , Google , JCPA , journalism

Recently, we published a blog post and warned policymakers about the Journalism Competition and Protection Act (JCPA), which proposes to create a “safe harbor” from antitrust law and allow news companies to collectively negotiate compensation terms for their news stories with the largest online platforms. We cautioned that the proposal, which is being advocated for […]

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The Free Press Is A Pillar of Our Democratic Infrastructure — and It’s Crumbling. Policymakers Should Support Local News in the Infrastructure Bill.

May 26, 2021 Future of News , infrastructure , Internet Superfund , journalism , Legislation , Local News

In the next few months, Congress will debate what should be in the scope of an investment of up to $4 trillion in America’s infrastructure. A host of factors — years of wear and tear with inadequate investment, levels of federal spending that pale in comparison to those of other leading democracies, changing demographics, and […]

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AMP It Up: As Its Antitrust Critics Grow Louder, Google Dials Back One of Its Most Controversial Policies

November 24, 2020 Google , journalism , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Self-Preferencing

Full disclosure: this blog post was not written with just the best prose and policy prescriptions in mind. There was something else I considered, something shared by everyone from the smallest of bloggers to the New York Times: how to optimize ranking in Google’s search algorithm. As Google is the dominant search engine that people […]

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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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Creating a news-media cartel would hurt local news

January 22, 2020 Antitrust , Big Tech , Future of News , journalism , Legislation , Local Journalism , Platform Competition

This piece was originally published in The Seattle Times. You can view it here on seattletimes.com. Local newspapers are experiencing a steady decline in traditional print-advertising revenue as technology giants like Google and Facebook profit from the digital ads that support their massive information distribution platforms. It’s no wonder that the major media association has […]

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The Five Worst Things About the Proposed EU Copyright Directive

July 3, 2018 Censorship , Copyright , copyright directive , European Union , journalism

On July 5, the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive. Although the Directive is being sold as an attempt to modernize copyright law in Europe, it is an ill-conceived policy that will hurt consumers and stifle innovation. Here are the top five reasons to oppose this legislation.

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