Nearly twenty years ago, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), establishing copyright rules specifically tailored for the online world. Although the DMCA has succeeded admirably in fostering the growth of the internet, some copyright industry representatives have advocated for a rewrite of the law to force OSPs to implement content filtering technologies as a prerequisite to obtain the protections of the DMCA's safe harbors. In evaluating these calls for mandatory filtering, policymakers should consider how such filtering tools actually work in practice and the impact they are likely to have on infringement, startup activity, and creative production.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering an ordinance that would bring you the ability to choose the internet service you want for your home, apartment, or condo. On Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00 am PST, the Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing to discuss this proposal. Make your voice heard: attend the hearing and show your support for the proposal. Anyone is welcome to give up to 2 minutes of testimony.
Join the Diversifying Technology Caucus and the Congressional Future Caucus in Washington, DC on November 15 for a congressional briefing on the current challenges transitioning servicemembers and veterans face during their path towards a career in technology.
Join the Office of the California Attorney General, UC Hastings College of the Law - Startup Legal Garage, and Engine for an inside look at the issues that companies and policymakers face when disruptive technologies enter regulated industries.
Engine will be joining Steve Case and Revolution on its fifth Rise of the Rest bus tour. This time around, we’ll be visiting five states west of the Mississippi, starting in Lincoln/Omaha and making our way through Denver, Salt Lake City/Provo, Albuquerque and Phoenix. Each stop will include conversations with startups and local business and community leaders, and culminate with a $100,000 pitch competition in each city.
To learn more about each stop and RSVP for events, visit https://nvite.com/community/riseoftherest
Start-Up Day Across America connects elected officials with the start-ups in the communities they represent so that they can learn about the challenges new companies face and meet the business leaders building the future.
Learn what’s currently being done around tech diversity and inclusion, discuss initiatives that have worked – and those that haven’t – plus explore new solutions together. This conference is for the whole tech community: engineers and designers, entrepreneurs and policymakers, university faculty and corporate executives… of every race, gender, age, ability and geography. Learn more and register here.
A GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY OR A RISKY COMPROMISE?
Nearly 4 billion people around the world don’t use the Internet. Bringing developing countries into the global digital community should be a priority for the public and private sector alike, but strategies for expanding Internet access abroad—particularly zero rating or subsidized data programs—remain controversial.
In this panel, we’ll examine how companies are working to connect new communities around the world to the Internet and discuss pros and cons of programs that offer free or subsidized access to data and applications in order to spur Internet adoption.
Evan Engstrom, Engine (moderator)
Adele Vrana, Wikimedia Foundation
Chris Riley, Mozilla
Michale Calabrese, New America Foundation
Shailesh Nalawadi, Mavin