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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 Payola Internet

    December 10, 2013
    2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness. If, as many expect, a federal appeals court rules to allow an Internet payola system, phone and cable companies will start to prioritize access to the few online sites and services that can afford to pay them extra.
  • The New Haven Independent Ventures into New Territory

    December 10, 2013
    Taking its hyperlocal mission to heart, the New Haven Independent is trying to connect the worlds of nonprofit journalism and LPFM radio.
  • How Women Fared in 2013 (Hint: Not So Well)

    December 9, 2013
    If you have a shred of human decency — even the barest scintilla — you’ll feel nothing but disgust when you watch the latest video from the Representation Project.
  • Help Build and Protect the Future of the Web

    December 5, 2013
    Millions of people have helped make the Web the amazing, essential thing that it is. So when the Web turns 25 in 2014, we’ll need millions of people to help secure the Web’s future.
  • New Struggles in the Fight for Press Freedom

    December 4, 2013
    This week the British Parliament held an anti-terrorism hearing and the main witness was a newspaper editor, Alan Rusbridger. Rusbridger’s paper, the Guardian, has been under enormous pressure from U.K. authorities for its reporting on U.S. and U.K. mass surveillance programs.
  • The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    December 4, 2013
    How would you like to give to Free Press — without spending a single penny of your hard-earned cash?
  • Mixed Messages from Tom Wheeler

    December 3, 2013
    New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gave his first major speech on Monday. He described himself as an “an unabashed supporter of competition.” That’s big news since the FCC hasn’t taken the c-word seriously in quite a while.
  • Things We're NOT Thankful For

    December 2, 2013
    It’s December ... so let the end-of-year madness begin! There’s a whole lot to be thankful for this year, but the list of things we could do without is just as long. (Maybe even longer.)
  • Hey FCC, Come Visit Me!

    November 26, 2013
    Here’s something to be thankful for: Tom Wheeler, the new Federal Communications Commission chairman, is saying he’s all about representing the people — and not big industry.
  • The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism

    November 26, 2013
    Two recent blog posts raise this question: Just how often do news organizations actually listen to their communities?

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