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"Debunking Chairman Pai’s Claims about Net Neutrality"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has released "Debunking Chairman Pai's Claims about Net Neutrality."

Here's an excerpt:

As an unwavering champion of net neutrality, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn believes in setting the record straight. Chairman Pai made a number of claims and predictions in his dissent from the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.

Just how good were the Chairman's predictions?

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"Net Neutrality Supporters Plan Nationwide Protests on December 7"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 28th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Timothy B. Lee has published "Net Neutrality Supporters Plan Nationwide Protests on December 7" in Ars Technica.

The protests will be at Verizon stores.

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"FCC’s Next Step on Net Neutrality: Blocking the States"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 22nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Margaret Harding McGill has published "FCC's Next Step on Net Neutrality: Blocking the States" in Politico.

The article states that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's "Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom" order would pre-empt "state and local regulations attempting to regulate broadband in ways that run counter to the federal rules."

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Six Ways to Contact Congress and the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 22nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Matt Petronzio has published "Net Neutrality's in Trouble. Here's How to Fight for a Free and Fair Internet" in Mashable.

The article describes and provides links to six sites that you can use to easily contact Congress and the FCC to support net neutrality, including the Battle for the Net, 5 Calls, the Free Press Action Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CREDO Action, and the ACLU.

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Widespread Reports That the FCC Chairman Plans to Kill Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 21st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

There are a number of reports that Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the FCC, plans to repeal net neutrality rules in December. See the below articles for details.

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An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality, Reports and White Papers on August 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Internet Association has released An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

The empirical evidence shows that the implementation of NN rules has had none of the negative impacts theorized by its critics a decade ago. Far from a great strain on infrastructure investment, network capacity, and innovative activity, NN rules have had no negative effect on the telecommunications sector in these areas. The sector has thrived while edge services have opened an entirely new economy bringing millions of new jobs and hundreds of thousands of new businesses to our economy. Net neutrality has been crucial for that development.

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An Analysis of Open Data and Open Science Policies in Europe, May 2017

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science on June 2nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SPARC Europe has released An Analysis of Open Data and Open Science Policies in Europe, May 2017 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Among the report’s most striking findings: 11 of the 28 European Union member states, as well as Norway and Switzerland, have national, research data-related policies in place. Of these, all were implemented in the past eight years, with most having taken effect recently. In about half of the countries, research data is covered under the same policy that applies to Open Access or Open Science.

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"Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Request Includes $23 Million to Start Wind-Down of IMLS Operations"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Libraries, Research Libraries on May 24th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

IMLS has released "Administration's FY 2018 Budget Request Includes $23 Million to Start Wind-Down of IMLS Operations."

Here's an excerpt:

Today, President Donald J. Trump released his FY 2018 budget request to Congress, which includes $23 million for administrative expenses to begin conducting a closeout of operations of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) starting in Fiscal Year 2018. IMLS is one of several independent agencies designated for elimination in the FY 2018 budget request. The budget request expands upon the initial Administration budget request released in March, proposing the elimination of IMLS. The request released today includes no funding for IMLS grant programs.

See also: "IMLS Frequently Asked Questions on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 President’s Budget Request."

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"National Library Groups Oppose Bill to Make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointee"

Posted in Copyright, Legislation and Government Regulation on March 27th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Kara Malenfant has published "National Library Groups Oppose Bill to Make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointee" in ACRL Insider.

Here's an excerpt:

It’s also difficult to understand how the public or Congress itself would benefit from politicization of the Register of Copyrights' position by making it subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation, as this legislation proposes. Such politicization of the position necessarily would result in a Register more actively engaged in policy development than in competent management and modernization.

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"New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on March 3rd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The EFF has released "New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy."

Here's an excerpt:

Newly minted Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai just granted the telecom industry its wish: he has blocked new requirements that Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast apply common sense security practices to protect your private data. . . .

Republicans in Congress are planning a much bigger assault on the Internet, by making it illegal for the FCC to protect consumer privacy online. With heavy support from the cable and telephone industry, they are hoping to use a rare and far reaching tool known as a Congressional Review Act resolution, which would not only completely eliminate all of the FCC's broadband privacy rules (not just the data security rule), it would prohibit the FCC from ever enacting any "substantially similar" privacy rules in the future. Because of the current regulatory landscape, the Federal Trade Commission is also barred from policing ISPs, leaving no federal cop on the beat to protect consumer privacy in this space.

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PLOS: Response to NIH RFI—Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on January 31st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PLOS has released Response to NIH RFI—Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation.

Here's an excerpt:

We write to express the views of the Public Library of Science, a fully Open Access Publisher of seven Research Journals, in response to your RFI on Data Sharing, Management, and Citation. Open access to Research Articles is just the first step in what we consider should be the end state for all publicly funded research, and we support broader efforts towards open science. We are developing our own policies to help establish a new norm in which upon publication of a journal article, if not before, all of the underlying data (where ethically appropriate) is openly available to access and reuse without restriction according to the FAIR principles for data management to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable.

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Senate Unanimously Passes OPEN Government Data Act

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation on December 15th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The US Senate has passed the OPEN Government Data Act.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). The bipartisan bill will require public data to be accessible at Data.gov so individuals, organizations, and other government offices can utilize it.

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