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Laura Moy, Senior Policy Counsel with the Open Technology Institute, explains why the devil is in the details of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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article | January 29, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Message to Congress: How not to kill the Internet when fighting terror

MacKinnon testifies before the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

This week, I testified at a hearing titled The Evolution of Terrorist Propaganda: The Paris Attack and Social Media convened by the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. My remarks focused on how not to destroy Internet users’ right to freedom of expression and privacy ...

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article | January 26, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Net Neutrality’s Achilles Heel

Interconnection abuse could break the Internet -- but the FCC can stop it

Last week, elected officials, tech companies, and consumer advocates gathered on Capitol Hill for hearings on a controversial bill that would put a legislative straitjacket on the Federal Communications Commission -- just weeks before the agency is expected to adopt net neutrality rules. The bill itself does more harm than good ...

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article | January 22, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Increasing the Free Flow of Information to Cuba under U.S. Sanctions

New authorizations will increase access to personal communications and telecommunications services

On December 17, President Barack Obama made a historic announcement: after maintaining a restrictive trade embargo on Cuba for more than 50 years, the United States will begin to “chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.” The surprise decision ...

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in the news | January 21, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Think Fast: The trickiest part of Obama's nationwide broadband initiative

Danielle Kehl, Patrick Lucey

But although some form of Internet access is practically ubiquitous today, more than 50 million Americans aren’t online, and for many it’s because they still can’t get affordable next-generation broadband service. The digital divide becomes even more pronounced when you compare access in urban and rural parts of America, or consider the fact that four out of five Americans who aren’t online live below the poverty line.

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in the news | January 21, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Think Fast

Nonetheless, by elevating this issue to the national stage, Obama is opening the door for community-driven solutions to address the digital divide. As the debate about federal pre-emption highlights, this is a fairly unique issue for the White House to take up: it’s not too often that the president encourages a very local policy solution in a national address.

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in the news | January 21, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Proposed net neutrality bill is a 'solution in search of a problem'

Congress would better serve consumers and small businesses by allowing the FCC to move forward with light-touch net neutrality protections instructed by the robust regulatory record before it. Millions of Americans have asked for these rules, and the FCC is poised to adopt them on Feb. 26. Congress should let the FCC do its job.

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in the news | January 20, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Broadband Competition: Improving Internet Access, Speed And Price

President Barack Obama recently called for more competition among broadband providers to help extend Internet service to those who don’t have it—and to bring prices down and speeds up for those who do. In our region, poverty and rural locations prevent some residents from connecting to the Internet. And even in the heart of an urban metropolis like ours, some homes have only one option for Internet service. Tech Tuesday explores Internet access, quality and affordability in the D.C. region.

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