World’s First Fair Use Day Attracts Interest – And Signs that Congress Doesn’t Understand It
Broadband's Impact, Copyright
January 13th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 13, 2010 – The consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge on Tuesday hosted the first-ever World Fair Use Day. “Fair use” refers to the defense, under the copyright statute, that permits individuals and businesses to make use of others’ copyrighted material under certain circumstances.
The keynote speaker was Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Penn., who told the attendees how Congress as a whole sees the issue of mixing and mashups – they don’t understand it.
Government Launches Social Networking Sites, Restricts Employee Access
Broadband's Impact, NTIA, Transparency
December 23rd, 2009
December 23, 2009 – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is launching accounts to share more information with the public through the social networking sites Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, according to an internal email sent to NTIA employees last week.
Net Neutrality and Quality of Services Divisive Topics at FCC Workshop
Net Neutrality, Transparency
December 9th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 9, 2009 – The importance of quality of service and the divisive effect of Net neutrality rules were key topics at the Federal Communication Commission’s Technical Advisory Process Workshop on Tuesday.
“The fundamental issue,” said Paul Sanchirico of Cisco Systems, “is ‘is my behavior affecting your experience?’ When it’s congested, I want to make sure I’m protecting everyone’s experience. There’s a greater good.”
Sanchirico suggested methods for improving network performance. Fundamental to maintaining quality of service (QoS) is establishing the prioritization of information packets.
White House Releases Open Government Directive Mandating Transparency
December 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 8, 2009 – The White House on Tuesday sent an open government directive to every federal department and agency with instructions on actions that should be taken to make their operations more open to the public, according to a blog entry from Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.
Ex Parte Under Review
Broadband Updates, FCC, National Broadband Plan
October 25th, 2009
The Federal Communications Commission will hold a staff workshop at 10 a.m. on October 28 to explore possible revisions to the FCC’s current ex parte rules. The stated aim is to increase transparency of the Commission’s actions, while at the same time not scaring regulated interests away from sharing information that they have traditionally shared in closed-door meetings.
Connected Nation and BroadbandCensus.com to Debate in New Orleans
Broadband Data, Press Releases
October 1st, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, October 1, 2009 – Top officials from Connected Nation, BroadbandCensus.com and One Economy will discuss key issues in broadband data and mapping – including controversial questions about public disclosure of carrier information on broadband maps – here on Thursday.
Broadband TV: CDT's Brock Meeks Talks Transparency
February 22nd, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 20, 2009 – Watch Brock Meeks, Director of Communications at the Center for Democracy and Technology, speak with Andrew Feinberg of BroadbandCensus.com about his the role of transparency in the administration of President Barack Obama.
On Transparency, Advocacy Group Waits for Obama to 'Show Us The Data'
February 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 17, 2009 – The new administration of President Barack Obama has a limited window to fulfill its promise of transparency in government, said Center for Democracy & Technology officials.
Copps' Seeks to Revitalize Transparency and Cooperation at FCC, Welcomes Broadband Stimulus Legislation
FCC, National Broadband Plan
February 11th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 11, 2009 – Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps said he had “no idea” how long he will hold the gavel, but he has no intention of being a mere seat-warmer.
BroadbandCensus.com Applies for Knight News Challenge Grant to Enhance Data, Build Out Wiki and Offer Video
November 1st, 2008
WASHINGTON, November 1 – BroadbandCensus.com applied on Saturday for a News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The application, which can be viewed online at the newschallenge.org web site, lays out a plan of action for the future work of this web site.