CISPA/SOPA and Beyond: How Policy Shapes News


The IRS blocking journalism groups from becoming nonprofits. Data caps that throttle ability to livestream video of breaking news events. Journalists and news organizations need to understand the new media and technology policy issues that are shaping their future, and how to weigh in on them, as many did when the online piracy bills SOPA/PIPA were introduced. This session will bring together journalists and policy advocates to dive into current debates and spark a discussion about how they can be both covered and confronted.

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Kathy Gill Sep 22, 20121:33 pm

Session shout-outs:

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 20121:32 pm

Reminder about engaging brain before keyboard – important point for everyone, not just dissidents in other countries:

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 20121:30 pm

More session notes as sketches:

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201211:21 am

Referenced earlier in this session – Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201211:16 am

Riffing on FreePress declaration on access and some broadband companies (indirectly news orgs) that lobby to prohibit municipalities from providing broadband:

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201211:01 am

Awesome – sketch notes:

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201211:01 am

Audience Q from net neutrality – domestically and abroad

@Digiphile -> FCC rules “excepted” mobile – they have to decide how to deal with peak demand. Can Public Knowledge force the FCC hand re voice v data. “Reasonable network management” has been part of the Internet since the very beginning. Telemedicine – can make a case for prioritizing that data. It gets tricky when you have a monopoly in broadband providers — Comcast and Netflix as competitors is classic example. Watch actions that these companies take.

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:55 am

Dan reminds the group that Hollywood has been in Washington a lot longer than tech – which explains current copyright law (in part). This is not a party-line issue, according to Gillmor.

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:53 am

Policy battles are often positioned as between two giant corporate sectors. Josh suggests that framing leaves out issues of democracy and public journalism.

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:49 am

Alex pointing out that lots of corporate money flows on information issues. Tech companies are getting into the game.

We can analyze much of this data ->

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:44 am

Josh is now talking about TV news companies lobbying against transparency (NAB protesting FTC rule to make political ad info accessible on the web)

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:43 am

San Francisco Public Press finally got 501(c)3 status – they have been waiting for 32 months. Normally it takes six months or less. @jcstearns

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:41 am

Alex @digiphile articulating broadcast media company lack of reporting on SOPA

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:37 am

To the extent we place info on Twitter, Facebook, Google etc – we lose control. Then there is government censorship – two examples: Wikileaks (credit card contributions blocked) and hip-hop site taken down by the US gov’t for a year, then returned to owner with no apology. @DanGillmor

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:31 am

Panel pix:

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:30 am

A reminder that a company’s taking stands may be in direct conflict with their journalists – @dangillmor

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:27 am

Alex: can someone who has committed an act of journalism be protected by a shield law?

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:27 am

Q from @jcstearns : What’s one open gov policy journalists should be aware of: @digiphile -> shield law and credentialing journalists

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:24 am

The session hashtag has changed from #beyondSOPA to #ONApolicy

Kathy Gill Sep 22, 201210:23 am