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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.

  • The Series of Tubes: Surveillance Blues

    July 19, 2013
    Surveillance again dominated the news this week. Members of Congress started speaking up about the National Security Agency’s spying programs, lawsuits piled up on the NSA's doormat and a couple of hackers turned a Verizon signal booster into a personal wiretapper.
  • When Personalized Becomes Predatory

    July 18, 2013
    Corporations don’t just hand over your personal information to the government — they also sell it to advertisers, and make a hefty profit in return.
  • Journalism Needs More Than a Media Shield Law --- It Needs a Movement

    July 18, 2013
    According to the First Amendment Center’s new survey, freedom of speech is Americans’ favorite First Amendment right. Press freedom, however, came in dead last.
  • Chasing Profits in TV News

    July 17, 2013
    On Tuesday, I took part in a discussion at the NJ News Commons about the future of local news in New Jersey and beyond. Exhibit A was Fox’s decision to replace WWOR’s evening newscast with Chasing New Jersey, a TV newsmagazine modeled after the celebrity gossip show TMZ.
  • What's Wrong With the Justice Department's New Press Freedom Guidelines

    July 15, 2013
    Last Friday, the Justice Department released revised guidelines governing the Department’s interactions with the press. Attorney General Eric Holder conducted the review in response to the news that the DoJ had obtained the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors and the emails of a Fox News reporter.
  • The Series of Tubes: The Good, the Bad and the Absurd

    July 15, 2013
    The past two weeks have been fully of juicy news — some good, some bad and some just plain silly. Here are a few stories that caught our attention. In the mix: a popular nationwide protest, a site that reveals what our metadata looks like to the National Security Agency and George Orwell's “telescreen” brought to life.
  • Creators of Color Ditch Cable for the Internet

    July 12, 2013
    Imagine stopping by Barnes & Noble to pick up a book for your niece. You search around for a book by a woman of color. When you finally choose one, the store insists you buy 11 other novels along with it.
  • The New Jersey News Desert

    July 12, 2013
    In recent years the news coverage on WWOR-TV in New Jersey got so bad that local residents started a campaign to have the Federal Communications Commission take away the station’s broadcast license. They don’t have to worry anymore because the station just canceled its remaining newscast.
  • Workers' Free Speech Rights Under Threat

    July 12, 2013
    When Mariana Cole-Rivera posted a question on Facebook about her workplace, she got fired. Four colleagues at Hispanics United of Buffalo who had responded to her post were also dismissed.
  • Why Is My Cable Bill So High?

    July 11, 2013
    In May, I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a journalism degree and a mountain of student loan debt. My roommates and I are careful about sticking to a budget — and every month we’re left wondering why our cable bill is so high.

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