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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Ongoing Efforts to Map Our Information Needs

    August 24, 2010

    At the Free Press Summit: Ideas to Action this past April, nearly 100 participants attended a breakout session to talk about mapping local media ecosystems and meeting the information needs of communities. The session built on the ideas presented in the Knight Commission report, “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age,” and produced a vibrant discussion that made clear there is a lot of exciting but disparate work happening in this area, and a lot of enthusiasm for making connections between media makers, researchers and communities. You can read a write up of the session here.

  • In Minnesota, Hundreds Urge FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

    August 20, 2010

    It was standing room only at South High in Minneapolis on Thursday night as more than 750 people turned out to show their support for Net Neutrality and free speech online. FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn listened to hours of impassioned public testimony about the future of the Internet.

  • Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

    August 19, 2010

    Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) warned a packed house Thursday night in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.

    Franken said our media system is at risk everywhere we turn -- from our free speech online to the growing power of companies who own a massive number of media outlets.

  • The Internet Must Remain in the Hands of the People

    August 19, 2010

    The recent announcement that Google and Verizon believe Internet and wireless providers should decide what kinds of online content they allow customers to access should spur the FCC to immediate action. As it stands, Internet and phone service providers cannot and must not discriminate between different kinds of online content and applications.

  • Chairman Genachowski. Can You Hear Us Now?

    August 19, 2010

    News last week that Google and Verizon had reached consensus on a "legislative framework" for Net Neutrality was met with near universal disdain.

  • Wireless Networks are Different Because Special Interest Lobbyists Say So

    August 18, 2010

    The fight for Net Neutrality has turned into a lesson in Washington, D.C. sausage making. In the latest round, the usual special interest groups – led by lobbyists from AT&T, Verizon and their pet trade association CTIA – are pouring all their energy into arguments that wireless networks cannot be subject to Net Neutrality rules because of purported technical obstacles.

  • Al Franken to Talk Net Neutrality: Join Him or Watch Online

    August 18, 2010

    Sen. Al Franken just joined the bill for tomorrow’s public hearing on the future of the Internet in Minneapolis. Will you be there to express your support for Net Neutrality and free speech online?

    And not only Sen. Franken -- Federal Communications Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps will be at the hearing to listen to you, too.

  • Google, Can You Hear Us Now?

    August 13, 2010

    Internet users from across the Bay Area converged outside Google headquarters on Friday to denounce the search engine giant for striking a pact with Verizon that puts the open Internet in jeopardy.

  • Journalism for What? A User-First Approach to the Future of News

    August 13, 2010

    As we debate the future of news, we need to keep in mind what this debate is really about. We need to ask ourselves, “What is it we’re trying to save, protect or foster?” Or asked another way, “Journalism for what?” Identifying what we mean by journalism and why we care about its future is central to figuring out what solutions might get us there.

    The most common response to these questions is that journalism is fundamental for our democracy. It's hard to argue with that, but how does it help guide us toward a new vision for news?

  • A Lesson in Transparent Lobbying

    August 12, 2010

    An online publication that will go unnamed and unlinked has accused Free Press of hypocrisy, claiming that as we criticize the Federal Communications Commission for secret meetings, we hide evidence of our own advocacy activity in violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act. The allegations are ludicrous on their face.

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