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  • Don't Spy on Me

    December 1, 2011

    Are you being watched?

    A researcher just discovered a hidden application that records what millions of people write, view and search for on their mobile phones. It sends all of that data to a company no one’s ever heard of. And we have no idea what that company is doing with our information.

    Sounds like 1984. But it’s happening in 2011.

  • End the Big Broadcast Swindle

    November 30, 2011

    Television and radio broadcasters get to use our public airwaves for free. It’s a great deal … for them, at least. For the rest of us, it’s just another corporate giveaway.

    These broadcasters rake in billions in profits using our public property. And what do we the public get from them in return? Next to nothing.

  • Public Broadcasters Bear More Than Their Fair Share

    November 30, 2011

    Many have argued that in these tough economic times everyone should share the pain of budget cuts. Yet our recent report on state funding of public broadcasting found that in many states public broadcasters are being forced to shoulder more than their fair share of the burden.

  • AT&T Gambles and Again Loses

    November 29, 2011

    Last Tuesday, the FCC called for an "administrative hearing" on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger that signaled the agency’s opposition to the deal.

  • Don't Let Them Censor the Internet

    November 29, 2011

    The Senate will soon vote on a bill that would let big corporations censor websites at will.

    The bill — the Protect IP Act, or PIPA (S. 968) — is intended to stop online copyright piracy (just like SOPA, its cousin in the House). But PIPA’s authority is so broad it would give corporations unprecedented power to abuse our Internet freedoms.

  • America Deserves a Government That Works

    November 23, 2011

    As I sit down to write this post, the congressional job-approval rating is hovering around 12 percent. It has been for the past three months.

  • No Way, AT&T

    November 22, 2011

    The Wall Street Journal just reported that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving to join the Department of Justice in rejecting AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

    Genachowski will reportedly call for an "administrative hearing" in tandem with the DoJ's suit to block the merger. This signals that the prospects for approval of this merger are next to none.

    "It's rare for the FCC to seek an administrative hearing on merger deals like this," reports the Journal. "The last time the agency did this was in 2002 on the proposed merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. The companies eventually pulled the deal."

  • Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice

    November 22, 2011

    Big broadcasters want to expand their market influence, cut jobs and slash local news coverage. They have an opening — the Federal Communications Commission is currently reviewing all of its media ownership rules. These rules determine how many media outlets a corporation can own, and broadcasters are angling for fewer restrictions at the expense of our communities’ need for vital news and information. Just as the fight is heating up, blogger the Frugal Dad reminds us just how much power and influence broadcasters already have. Check out the infographic, then take action

  • Pressure Builds in Response to Journalist Arrests

    November 22, 2011

    On Monday afternoon Joe Pompeo of Capitol New York broke the news that 13 New York City news organizations and 10 press-freedom groups from across the country had sent a letter to city officials in response to recent journalist arrests. The same day, the New York Press Club announced a new coalition was forming to monitor the NYPD’s treatment of the press.

    We have been tracking and documenting these journalist arrests since September and a week ago launched a citizen petition calling for all charges to be dropped and demanding that Mayor Michael Bloomberg commit to protecting the First Amendment.

  • Mayor Bloomberg's First Amendment Problem

    November 21, 2011

    Since the beginning of his crackdown against the Occupy Wall Street movement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone to great lengths to present himself as a champion of the First Amendment. But the free speech rhetoric coming from City Hall hasn't matched the brutal reality journalists have experienced on the front lines of the protest.

    In the two months since the movement began, 26 journalists covering OWS events across the country have been arrested. More than half of these arrests have occurred in New York City, where 12 journalists were arrested in the last week alone.

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