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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.

  • Six Standout Moments from the Day We Fight Back

    February 12, 2014
    On Tuesday, activists, celebrities, policymakers, journalists, businesses and organizations lit up the Internet to protest the NSA’s mass surveillance programs. By day’s end, 86,206 people had called their members of Congress and 178,227 people had sent emails to their elected officials.
  • U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings

    February 11, 2014
    According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.
  • Take Part in the Day We Fight Back!

    February 11, 2014
    Whether you’re surfing the Web today for news or the latest Bieberdashian dirt, chances are you’re going to encounter sites displaying the banner for the Day We Fight Back — a global protest against mass surveillance.
  • Blocking Access to Journalists at the Colorado Statehouse

    February 7, 2014
    Nonprofit online journalism site the Colorado Independent wants to cover the Statehouse in Denver — but a small committee of legacy media journalists and legislative leaders won’t let it. The committee’s behavior has important First Amendment implications and raises concerns for new journalism startups nationwide.
  • Want to Stream Events from Sochi? You Better Have Cable.

    February 7, 2014
    As in 2012, to watch the Olympics, you have to be either a cable or satellite-TV customer. NBC is again refusing to give Internet customers the option to purchase stand-alone Web access.
  • Northampton Stands Up for Community Media

    February 7, 2014
    Last week people lined up at a microphone in a community meeting room in Northampton, Mass., to express their support for Northampton Community Television. Massachusetts has more than 100 community media centers — more than any other state.
  • Talking Privacy With Sen. Cantwell's Office

    February 6, 2014
    A group of us met recently with Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office, where we asked the senator to co-sponsor the USA Freedom Act, which would curtail the NSA’s illegal activities.
  • Verizon Escalates Assault on Net Neutrality

    February 5, 2014
    This week David Raphael stumbled on the reality of an Internet without Net Neutrality. Raphael today alleged that Verizon is deliberately slowing down traffic coming from his company’s servers.
  • AT&T's Latest Out-of-Control Net Neutrality-Killing Scheme

    February 5, 2014
    AT&T just filed a patent that would help it define which Internet traffic is “permissible” and “non-permissible” on its network. This is exactly the scenario that supporters of Net Neutrality (read: everyone but the Internet service providers and their friends in Congress) have feared.
  • Share This, Save Net Neutrality, Take a Well-Earned Nap

    February 4, 2014
    There’s nothing funny about the recent court decision that struck down the Net Neutrality rules. Or is there?

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