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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.

  • 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.
  • Craig Aaron on Kooky Cable Prices, Corruption and Consolidation

    June 5, 2013

    Say you’re a diehard Glee fan. You know the show took a nosedive after season two, you know there are better things you could do with your time, but you still feel compelled to watch and keep up to date on the perpetually combusting Finchel, Klaine and Wemma.

  • Big Open Pipes

    June 4, 2013
    In 1992, consumers were giving Congress an earful about their cable bills. A decade of deregulation meant cable subscribers had to fend for themselves in a monopoly market where cable TV companies abused their pricing power.
  • The Series of Tubes: Feminist Face-Off with Facebook

    May 31, 2013

    It’s a hot, hot Friday here on the East Coast, a perfect time to dig into this week’s Internet happenings — including feminist wins, the online hacking of our friend (boo!) and campaigns to get us more information and stomp out the trolls.

  • Broadcast, Broadband and Bundle Bloat

    May 31, 2013
    What’s on tonight? For many Americans, the answer is “nothing worth watching.” Broadcast networks, once the kings of primetime, are in the midst of a historic ratings decline. And though there are some bright spots on the cable dial, the audiences for some cable channels are also dwindling.

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