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.
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.
Tomorrow, Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing is titled “The Anti-Spoofing Act, The LPTV and TV Translator Act, and the E-LABEL Act.”
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:
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,
Public Knowledge preserves the openness of the Internet and the public's access to knowledge, promotes creativity through balanced copyright, and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully.
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