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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.

  • Turn It Up: Join the Community Radio Revolution

    June 26, 2013
    I love radio. And when I say I love radio, I mean I love the sweet left end of the dial — that haven of independent programming and public radio stations.
  • Why a Special Congressional Committee Must Be Created to Investigate the NSA’s Unconstitutional Domestic Spying

    June 24, 2013
    In the past couple of weeks, the National Security Agency has, unsurprisingly, responded with a series of secret briefings to Congress that have left the public in the dark and vulnerable to misstatements and word games.
  • On David Gregory and Standing Up For Journalists’ Constitutional Rights

    June 24, 2013
    Meet the Press host David Gregory caused a stir on Sunday when he asked Glenn Greenwald, “To the extent that you have ‘aided and abetted’ [Edward] Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”
  • Scandalous Privatization of Noncommercial TV Spectrum

    June 20, 2013
    About 20 percent of the hugely valuable TV spectrum — slated for auction in 2014 — is reserved for noncommercial stations. Only noncommercial stations (mostly owned by universities and community nonprofits) can operate on this spectrum, and when these institutions sell, they must sell to other eligible noncommercial operators.
  • This Is a Test. This Is Only a Test.

    June 20, 2013
    In the early morning hours of April 19, some residents of Watertown, Mass., received an automated phone call telling them to “shelter in place” while the suspected Boston marathon bomber roamed the neighborhood. The system worked — to a degree.
  • Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

    June 19, 2013
    Given the massive investment in national security after 9/11, recent news that the federal government is spying on hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world may not have come as a surprise. But an uncomfortable reality of the once-secret scheme is the degree to which people of color are disproportionately caught up in the government’s dragnet.
  • Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

    June 19, 2013
    Given the massive investment in national security after 9/11, recent news that the federal government is spying on hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world may not have come as a surprise. But an uncomfortable reality of the once-secret scheme is the degree to which people of color are disproportionately caught up in the government’s dragnet.
  • Investigate the NSA

    June 18, 2013
    Mass surveillance and democracy are like oil and water: They just don’t mix. Millions agree. And already close to 220,000 people have joined the movement at StopWatching.Us to urge Congress to investigate the National Security Agency’s spying programs.
  • Jay-Z’s Android Deal Shows How Race Colors Smartphone Market

    June 18, 2013
    Love him or loathe him, you can’t knock Jay-Z’s hustle. The rapper turned mogul has stepped up his business game considerably over the past several years, first by owning (and then selling) his stake in his hometown Brooklyn Nets, then starting his own sports agency, and finally this week announcing a new deal with Android that could permanently alter the mobile music market.
  • Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

    June 18, 2013

    Tom Wheeler, the White House’s pick to head the Federal Communications Commission, was for years a well-heeled lobbyist for cable and wireless companies. He also served the president’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns as a top “bundler,” raising more than $700,000 from undisclosed donors in support of Obama.

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