Posts by Meredith Whipple

Line-by-line, We Corrected the Record on Broadband Privacy and Net Neutrality

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Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen co-wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post entitled “No, Republicans didn’t just strip away your Internet privacy rights.” The team at Public Knowledge was troubled by the misinformation laid out in this op-ed. Issues like broadband privacy and net neutrality have serious long-term consequences, so we felt it was important to correct the record.

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Knight Foundation Releases Visualization of Themes from Net Neutrality Comments

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Many interesting data visualizations have been published since the FCC released the data from the 1.1 million net neutrality comments they received. The release of the machine-readable bulk data file from the Open Internet docket allows journalists, researchers, and others to analyze the data and offer a clearer understanding of public opinion on net neutrality.

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Public Knowledge Supports Guidelines for Open Government Data

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Public Knowledge has joined ten other organizations in support of a set of existing guidelines for releasing public government data in the United States, entitled “Open Government Data: Best-Practices Language for Making Data ‘License-Free’”.


The guidelines were first published in August 2013 and a new and improved version was released today. The document states:

…it is essential that U.S. federal government agencies have the tools to preserve the United States’ long legal tradition of ensuring that public information created by the federal government is exempt from U.S. copyright and remains free for everyone to use without restriction.

Data that has no restrictions on reuse is referred to as “license-free”. License-free government data promotes both a transparent democracy and entrepreneurial innovation. For instance, license-free data can be accessed, analyzed, visualized, and shared by academics, journalists, businesspersons, and voters.

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