Author Archives: Eric Null

IPR Advocacy Leads to Improved and Comprehensive Online Public File Rules

IPR, on behalf of its clients Sunlight Foundation, Campaign Legal Center, and Common Cause, has been at the forefront of the fight to increase the political advertising transparency at television stations in light of their public interest obligations. This issue … Continue reading

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IPR, on behalf of children’s groups, files complaints at FTC urging further investigation into Google’s YouTube Kids app and junk food companies

Today, the Institute for Public Representation made two filings at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on behalf of its clients the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. One asks the FTC to investigate over a … Continue reading

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Andy Schwartzman Joins IPR’s Communications Practice

IPR is excited to announce that Andrew Jay Schwartzman will join the “Communications, Technology and the Public Interest” practice of the clinic as the Benton Senior Counselor. Andy brings to the clinic his vast knowledge and expertise in this field … Continue reading

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The Sunlight Foundation and Campaign Legal Center File Complaints Against Eleven Broadcasters Flouting Political Ad Disclosure Rules

Today, the Sunlight Foundation and Campaign Legal Center, through IPR, filed complaints against eleven broadcasters for failing to disclose legally-required information about the political ads they ran in early 2014. Stations must disclose information about political ads they run and the purchaser … Continue reading

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Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition Praises FCC’s Online Political File and Urges Changes to Make it More Useful to the Public

Today, the Institute for Public Representation filed comments on behalf of the Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition (“PIPAC”), along with the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Effective Government, regarding the FCC’s online political file requirements. Last year, the FCC required … Continue reading

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The Institute for Public Representation Files Petition to Deny Gannett-Belo License Transfers

Written by Sean Vitka, Google Policy Fellow at IPR, Summer 2013 On July 24th, the Institute for Public Representation filed a Petition to Deny certain television broadcast license transfers from Belo Corporation to Gannett Company and two third-party shell companies. … Continue reading

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IPR Files Reply to Oppositions in Gannett-Belo License Transfer Docket

This post was drafted with the help of Sean Vitka, Google Policy Fellow at IPR. On August 20th, the Institute for Public Representation filed a joint reply to the Oppositions to its Petition to Deny seven license assignments contemplated by … Continue reading

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IPR Files Complaints at FTC Against Baby-Targeted Apps by Fisher-Price and Open Solutions

On August 7, IPR filed, on behalf of its client Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, two complaints at the FTC (AP story here, NY Times story here). The complaints allege that Fisher-Price and Open Solutions are violating section 5 … Continue reading

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Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition Files Online Political File Reply Comments

On Monday, September 23, the Institute for Public Representation filed reply comments on behalf of the Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition (“PIPAC”), including Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Free Press, the Benton Foundation, and the Office of Communication, Inc. of … Continue reading

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IPR Asks FTC to Investigate Violations of COPPA Rule by Marvel and Sanrio

This morning, IPR filed two complaints with the FTC, on behalf of our client Center for Digital Democracy (press release, Washington Post article), alleging COPPA violations by two significant players in the children’s industry: Marvel and Disney, which operate the … Continue reading

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