I'm thrilled to be one of the thousands of people who will be in Denver next April to take a stand for free speech online, independent voices and media that serve the public. That's what the National Conference for Media Reform is all about — getting inspiration from fellow activists and fighting back against corporate media and technology giants that put profits over people.
Last summer, Verizon — joined by smaller cellphone carrier MetroPCS — sued the Federal Communications Commission for adopting some Net Neutrality rules. The companies even claimed the constitutional right to censor everyone’s online speech. But with the court case moving forward, more and more people are countering this dangerous argument.
Before Nov. 6 is written into history, we need to challenge assumptions now circulating among Washington’s pundit class.
First, the Obama victory didn’t signal the demise of big-money politics. It didn’t spell the end of the Super PAC. And the election wasn’t a train wreck for political advertising — even after groups paid billions for spots in support of losing candidates.
The Declaration of Internet Freedom, which was launched earlier this year by a diverse coalition of open Internet advocates, has been signed by more than 2,000 organizations and companies. And the names keep rolling in.
This week, yet another member of Congress — Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine — joined Reps. Anna Eshoo, Darrell Issa and Jared Polis and Sen. Ron Wyden in adding her support.
In 2007, then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin rammed through controversial rules that would have allowed further media consolidation of newspapers and broadcast television stations. The change met significant opposition from the public and Congress, and was eventually overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
When my mom and dad visited Boston for their first National Conference for Media Reform, they were in shock. They thought that I just helped put on this tiny event that maybe 100 activists attended. They didn’t expect the thousands of people in attendance — or the sheer energy of the experience.
The Boston conference was great, but we at Free Press are not content to rest on our laurels. We’re planning something even better for our next conference, which will be held in April in Denver.
More and more news organizations use links to recommendations to keep people on their sites. Recommendations like these would seem to add value for the audience. But are these links being used to embed fake news and pay-for-play content?
In a major about-face, AT&T has decided to give more iPhone users access to mobile FaceTime without forcing them to upgrade to more expensive plans.
But our work isn’t over yet. If we keep pushing, we can get AT&T to open up FaceTime to everyone.