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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.

  • Five Things You Need to Know About NSA Surveillance

    June 14, 2013
    Watching conventional wisdom form in Washington can be appalling. The emerging consensus on surveillance this past week has D.C.’s pundit class saying that privacy violations are a small price to pay for keeping Americans safe. But conventional wisdom is wrong.
  • Because Privacy

    June 14, 2013
    You don’t know what I do on the Internet. Because I am really good at privacy. I have expertly set my Facebook settings. People come to me for advice on these matters. Strangers cannot mess with me.
  • Gannett Gobbles Belo, Gains Serious Consolidated Weight

    June 13, 2013
    Listen to Gannett CEO Gracia Martore for a sec, and you’ll see she’s all about fostering good local journalism. Seriously.
  • We Knew We Were Being Spied On

    June 13, 2013

    The recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs came as a shock for much of the nation. But here’s the thing about my so-called “millennial” generation: We’ve known all along that we’re being watched.

  • Dancing Around the First and Fourth Amendments

    June 12, 2013
    Whether you think spying is OK or not depends on your relationship to the information being collected. If you’re on the gathering end, the invasion of someone else’s privacy doesn’t seem like a big deal. But if you’re the one whose private life is being pried into, this kind of surveillance seems like a very big deal indeed.
  • Spyfall

    June 11, 2013

    Late last week the Guardian released a story detailing how the National Security Administration (NSA) has been collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.

  • The Government May Be Reading This Blog Post

    June 11, 2013
    The government is spying on you. In fact, the National Security Agency may be reading this very blog post. So the Free Press Action Fund has teamed up with Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and other groups to launch StopWatching.Us — a call for Congress to investigate the NSA’s privacy-killing surveillance schemes.
  • Don't Let the Kochs Spoil the Party

    June 11, 2013

    This week the Tribune Company, which began in a one-room plant in Chicago and now has media outlets across the nation, turns 166.

    Unfortunately, there are a few party crashers who are trying to spoil the fun.

  • The Other 98% Makes a Play for the Tribune's Papers

    June 6, 2013
    Our friends at The Other 98% have launched a crowdfunding campaign with the remarkable goal of outbidding some of America’s biggest corporate giants to buy the eight Tribune papers that are currently on the chopping block.
  • Spies Like Us

    June 6, 2013
    This is big. And positively frightening. The Obama administration is spying on all calls millions of Verizon customers make each day to any phone number inside or outside the United States.

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