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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.

  • This Is a Test. This Is Only a Test.

    June 20, 2013
    In the early morning hours of April 19, some residents of Watertown, Mass., received an automated phone call telling them to “shelter in place” while the suspected Boston marathon bomber roamed the neighborhood. The system worked — to a degree.
  • Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

    June 19, 2013
    Given the massive investment in national security after 9/11, recent news that the federal government is spying on hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world may not have come as a surprise. But an uncomfortable reality of the once-secret scheme is the degree to which people of color are disproportionately caught up in the government’s dragnet.
  • Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

    June 19, 2013
    Given the massive investment in national security after 9/11, recent news that the federal government is spying on hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world may not have come as a surprise. But an uncomfortable reality of the once-secret scheme is the degree to which people of color are disproportionately caught up in the government’s dragnet.
  • Investigate the NSA

    June 18, 2013
    Mass surveillance and democracy are like oil and water: They just don’t mix. Millions agree. And already close to 220,000 people have joined the movement at StopWatching.Us to urge Congress to investigate the National Security Agency’s spying programs.
  • Jay-Z’s Android Deal Shows How Race Colors Smartphone Market

    June 18, 2013
    Love him or loathe him, you can’t knock Jay-Z’s hustle. The rapper turned mogul has stepped up his business game considerably over the past several years, first by owning (and then selling) his stake in his hometown Brooklyn Nets, then starting his own sports agency, and finally this week announcing a new deal with Android that could permanently alter the mobile music market.
  • Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

    June 18, 2013

    Tom Wheeler, the White House’s pick to head the Federal Communications Commission, was for years a well-heeled lobbyist for cable and wireless companies. He also served the president’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns as a top “bundler,” raising more than $700,000 from undisclosed donors in support of Obama.

  • 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.

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