Monthly Archives: December 2012

Accessibility Problems with Political Convention Coverage

Politico’s Steve Friess outlines serious shortcomings in the accessibility of online coverage of the political conventions, quoting Andrew Phillips from the National Association of the Deaf, Dr. Christian Vogler of the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University, and me. While … Continue reading

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Second Circuit rules in favor of IPR position in important class action

In this ruling issued on August 17, 2012, in Hecht v. United Collection Bureau, No. 11-1327 (2d Cir. Aug. 17, 2012), the Second Circuit allowed a collateral attack on a class-action judgment. Chana Hecht had sued United Collection Bureau under … Continue reading

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IPR Receives NAD Accessibility Award

I’m honored to report that IPR was selected to receive the prestigious Accessibility Award from our colleagues at the the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) at their 51st Biennial Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on July 4, 2012. NAD notes … Continue reading

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IPR Students Attend 30th Annual Parker Lecture

This morning, students from IPR’s First Amendment and media law section attended the United Church of Christ Office of Communication (OC Inc.)‘s 30th Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Breakfast, delivered by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson … Continue reading

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IPR Files Report on Compliance with FCC's IP Captioning Rules, Complaint against Amazon

Today IPR filed a report regarding compliance by Internet-based video programming distributors with the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules requiring closed captioning on Internet Protocol (“IP”)-delivered video programming and an associated complaint against Amazon.com for violating the rules. IPR student Jessica Lee, … Continue reading

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IPR Files Ninth Circuit Amicus Brief on Behalf of Natural Resources Law Professors

Last week, IPR filed an amicus curiae brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting a petition for rehearing in NRDC v. Salazar, 686 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 2012). Plaintiffs in the case alleged that, in violation of section 7(a)(2) … Continue reading

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FTC acts on IPR's Complaint about Your Baby Can Read's Deceptive Advertising

On August 28, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission responded to IPR’s Request for Investigation by filing a complaint against the makers of  Your Baby Can Read! (“YBCR”).  YBCR is a set of DVDs, books, and flashcards that retails for approximately $200.  It … Continue reading

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IPR accepting applications for fellowship positions

The Institute for Public Representation is currently accepting applications for two media policy fellowships and one environmental fellowship.  These fellowships have two year terms beginning in August of 2013 and ending in August of 2015.  Please see our Georgetown Law … Continue reading

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IPR asks FTC to investigate child-directed mobile apps

In December 2012, IPR filed two Requests for Investigation with the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of the Center for Digital Democracy.  Both allege that mobile apps directed at children were collecting personal information in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy … Continue reading

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IPR Files Motion for Summary Judgment on Behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Last week, IPR filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the D.C. District Court on behalf of its client, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). The Tribe challenges the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management’s (BOEM) authorization of Cape … Continue reading

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