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Public Knowledge Recognizes Individuals for Their Dedication to Internet Advancement

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WASHINGTON, August 4, 2010 — Public Knowledge has chosen the recipients for the advocacy group’s 2010 IP3 awards, to be presented Oct. 13 in Washington.

The winners have, according to the press release, “advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of ‘IP’ – Intellectual Property, Information Policy and Internet Protocol.”

In addition to the IP3 awards, a special President’s Award will be presented. While the name of that recipient has not been disclosed, the winners of IP3 have been.

Pamela Samuelson holds a joint appointment with the Berkeley Law School and the School of Information, as well as being the director for the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. According to her faculty profile at Berkeley Law School, she “is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy.” She is being recognized for her work in information policy. She is on the advisory board of Public Knowledge.

Serving as the Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Susan Crawford advocates internet-friendly policies, according to Public Knowledge. She will be awarded for her work in internet protocol. She was also a member of the Obama transition team evaluating the FCC, and has recently rejoined the faculty of Cardozo Law School.

Michael Geist will be recognized for his work in intellectual property. His coverage of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is one of his claims to fame, but Public Knowledge says his blog is a “must-read for anyone in the field. … Geist has even been responsible for drafts of the treaty being made public, even as governments around the world wanted the texts kept secret.”

Finally, Nina Paley will be recognized for her work in intellectual property. A New York filmmaker, she gained experience during a three-year legal battle resulting from the use of songs in one of her films, songs that she argued were in the public domain.

The judges of the contest were: Shawn Chang, majority counsel on Communications and Technology Policy for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Amalia Deloney, grassroots policy director for the Center for Media Justice; Barbara van Schewick, assistant professor of Law at Stanford Law School; Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia Law School; and Gwen Hinze, international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Washington Technorati Toast Public Knowledge and Its IP3 Awards

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Public Knowledge’s sixth annual “IP3 Awards” – which celebrates information policy, intellectual property, and internet protocol – drew a crowd of Washington’s technorati to the Sewell-Belmont House in Washington on Thursday evening.

Among the guests dropping by the event included White House science and technology policy aide Susan Crawford, the Obama administration’s designee to be intellectual property czar Victoria Espinel, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, Office of Science and Technology Policy chief of staff Jim Kohlenberger, NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn recommitted her organization to the principles of Net neutrality and to “balance” in the copyright wars. “Public Knowledge will not rest until we have an open internet,” she said, and “universally accessable and affordable broadband.”

On copyright, she said, the non-profit group was “locked in a constant battle with Hollywood,” including a fight over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — truly an intellectual property treaty — which she said continues to be under seal and hidden from public disclosure.

Sen. Warner introduced one of the awardees, Karen Jackson, the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jackson received the “information policy” award “for leading the Commonwealth’s broadband mapping project using state resources to complete the task ahead of many other states.”

Warner praised her and the state for these efforts, and said that “Virginia was one of the first states to take a major initiative for rural broadband deployment.”

Author Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, was recognized for his work in intellectual property, and Sascha Meinrath, the creator of the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation, for his work on internet protocol.

Sohn concluded the evening’s presentations with the Presidential Award to Sarah Deutsch, associate general counsel of Verizon Communications.

Commenting the oddity of Public Knowledge honoring an official at a company with whom the group has so frequently disagreed, Sohn said that Public Knowledge had been successful at building coalitions “because we can find common ground.” Increasingly, that includes corporate entities, including four organizations she singled out for joined in sponsoring Public Knowledge: Comcast, CTIA – The Wireless Association, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and Time Warner Cable.

“I want to tip my hat: they have reached out to us” over the past year, Sohn said. “But it doesn’t mean that we won’t try to beat the crap out of you.”

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