Public Knowledge hosts the Annual IP3 Awards to celebrate the work of those who have made significant contributions in the three areas of IP: Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol. The awards help champion the advocates working diligently on behalf of the public interest to help everyone connect and communicate.
In 2022, we presented the Internet Protocol Award to Rep. Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip and third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives. As a national leader, he has championed rural and economic development and many of his initiatives have become law. Congressman Clyburn championed a holistic approach to affordable, reliable broadband for all by introducing the “Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act.” You can watch his acceptance speech below.
We presented the Information Policy Award to Emma Llanso, Director of the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Free Expression Project, where she works to promote laws and policies that support internet users’ free expression rights. Emma’s work spans many subjects, including hate speech, terrorist propaganda, and disinformation, and includes legislative advocacy, amicus activity in U.S. courts, and engagement in multistakeholder initiatives and global advocacy campaigns. Much of Emma’s advocacy focuses on the legal and technical systems that govern online communication, with a focus on the capabilities and limitations of machine learning techniques in analyzing user-generated content.
Finally, we presented our Intellectual Property Award to Kyle K. Courtney, a lawyer and librarian serving as the Copyright Advisor at Harvard University, working out of Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication. His work frames the law as the foundation for advancing the mission of all libraries, archives, and cultural institutions to acquire, preserve, maintain, and share the world’s culture. He works closely with the Harvard community to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright and related legal issues. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its ninth year and has reached libraries, archives, and cultural institutions across the country.
In 2022, we also commemorated the work of Sherwin Siy, a pillar of Public Knowledge for nearly 10 years and a passionate advocate for the openness of information in the digital era. His openness and enthusiasm as a mentor to young advocates left a lasting mark across the entire field. Please help us honor Sherwin Siy’s legacy of activism and mentorship by supporting the next generation of policy advocates through an endowed fellowship in his name. With this fellowship, we intend to build upon Sherwin’s life work and to fundamentally transform how advocates in our field represent the growing diversity within this country. You can watch our video celebrating the Sherwin Siy Memorial Fund below.
Learn more about past recipients of the Annual IP3 Awards or reach out to Michele Ambadiang, our Events and Development Manager, to become an official sponsor. View our photo album to experience more of this momentous event.