Items tagged "Local News"

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Public Knowledge Commends Congress for Bill Establishing Independent Committee to Bolster Local News

May 13, 2021 Local News

Today, Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX) reintroduced the “Future of Local News Act” to establish a nonpartisan committee of journalism, research and civil society experts to study the state of local news and offer recommendations for the actions Congress can take to support it.

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Public Knowledge Fears Impact to Internet As Facebook Blocks Users from Sharing Australian News

February 18, 2021 Big Tech , EU , Facebook , Future of Journalism , Google , Internet Superfund , Link Tax , Local News , Platform Regulation , TV Blackouts

This week, Facebook announced that the company “will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content” in response to Australia’s “Media Bargaining law,” which would require Big Tech to pay publishers for linking to news content. There is no doubt that civic journalism faces a global crisis, but Public Knowledge contends that imposing public interest obligations, like an Internet Superfund, on dominant platforms is a better way to support local journalism for our communities as opposed to blocking users sharing news online or encouraging Big Tech and Big Media to strike deals that benefit themselves — both are predictable outcomes of this flawed legislation.

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America Needs a Public Interest Approach To Solving Big Tech Harms To News

February 9, 2021 Big Tech , EU , Facebook , Future of Journalism , Google , Internet Superfund , Link Tax , Local News , Platform Regulation , TV Blackouts

France and Australia have moved forward with plans to force Google (and, in Australia, also Facebook) to pay existing media companies for linking to news content. In theory, the laws adopted in France and Australia are designed to compensate these news organizations for the benefit Google and Facebook derive from linking to news. But both […]

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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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