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.

  • Obama's NSA Reforms Off to a Bad Start

    August 14, 2013
    President Obama's decision late Friday to suggest a series of reforms to the government's widespread surveillance programs surprised many data protection and free speech advocates.
  • Ready to Dump Cable?

    August 13, 2013
    As CBS and Time Warner Cable remain locked in a battle over retransmission fees, you have to wonder when their millions of viewers will throw in the towel and abandon cable altogether.
  • CBS and Time Warner Cable Clash at Your Expense

    August 12, 2013
    As the CBS vs. Time Warner Cable blackout stretches into a second full week, a chorus of commentators, lawmakers and consumer groups has taken pains to blame both sides. But many of these critics have focused on CBS’ exorbitant demands and ignored the real culprit: the cable-TV business model.
  • A Change Has Finally Come

    August 9, 2013
    Amazing news: The Federal Communications Commission is ending the out-of-control pricing on prison phone calls. For years, the high cost of these calls made it difficult — sometimes impossible — for families to stay in touch.
  • The Series of Tubes: Nihilists and Anarchists and Activists, Oh My!

    August 9, 2013
    It's easy to become numb to the ever-worsening trickle of news relating to the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs. That's understandable — but the Series of Tubes is here to help you stay vigilant.
  • Stephen Colbert for King of the Universe

    August 8, 2013

    OK, enough goofing around, enough speculating about Hillary and Joe and Mitt and Rick and Boo the Dog. It doesn’t matter who runs for president in 2016, because by then we’ll have Stephen Colbert as the ultimate ruler of all known and unknown mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, crustaceans and creepy-crawlies.

  • Making Collaboration Work: Two Models

    August 7, 2013
    Collaboration is becoming a fundamental part of how journalism is done. That’s evident in the announcement that PBS’ Frontline is creating a “collaboration desk” to manage and expand its partnership with other news organizations.
  • The Journalism Shield Law: How We Got Here

    August 6, 2013
    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee began debate on the Free Flow of Information Act — otherwise known as the Shield Law — but discussions ground to a halt when lawmakers couldn’t reach a consensus on who counts as a journalist.
  • Clear Channel Yanks Ads for Women's Health Center

    August 2, 2013
    There are a handful of things that make me want to curse like my mother and last week two of them collided.
  • Protests, Marches and Picnics on Tap for '1984 Day'

    August 2, 2013
    The leaders of the grassroots coalition Restore the Fourth think the NSA’s recently revealed activities bear an eerie resemblance to Orwell's vision. They've declared this Sunday “1984 Day” and have called for activists around the country to join them for a day of protests, marches and even picnics.


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