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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 Crisis in Climate-Change Coverage

    February 25, 2013
    The forces that shape U.S. media have not been kind to environmental reporting. Years of media consolidation have led to dramatic layoffs in commercial newsrooms, and environment and science desks are often the first to go.
  • Meet the New CISPA. Same as the Old CISPA.

    February 15, 2013
    Last year, thanks to a public outcry, the effort to pass overreaching cybersecurity legislation stalled in the Senate. Now supporters have reintroduced the House version of that legislation — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The “new” version is in fact identical to the original CISPA — and poses the same threat to our digital civil liberties and our freedom to connect online.
  • Internet Hunt

    February 15, 2013
    It took me about five months to be able to purchase a wireless Internet box for my home. Initially, I did not worry too much about having Internet at home, but when I noticed that my sister was turning in assignments late at her community college, and thus lagging at the back of the class, I decided the investment in Internet was necessary.
  • The Growing Digital Divide in Indian Country

    February 14, 2013
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski addressed the National Congress of American Indians in 2010, the first sitting chair of the Commission to do so. If that was any indication of how long it has taken to bring the spotlight to the digital divide in Indian Country, it was only the beginning.
  • Georgia Bill Aims to Limit Investment in Internet Networks

    February 12, 2013
    The Georgia General Assembly is considering another bill to limit investment in telecommunications networks in the state, an odd proposition when just about everyone agrees that states need as much investment in these networks as possible.
  • Event: The Crisis in Climate Coverage

    February 11, 2013

    For too long media outlets have treated climate change like a policy debate with two equal and opposing sides, even as the vast weight of science has stacked up on one side of the debate. This tendency to equate unequal arguments, to validate inaccuracies and spin, has undoubtedly slowed much-needed progress toward both broader awareness and better policies.

  • Bring Dark Money to Account

    February 8, 2013

    Think the election season ended on Nov. 6? Think again.

    The shadowy Super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads.

  • Big Trouble in Little Rock

    February 7, 2013
    When I look at Little Rock, Ark., I see media consolidation. But that’s not what the Federal Communications Commission sees, and that’s a problem.
  • Is Free Public Wi-Fi Possible?

    February 6, 2013

    The noisy response to a front-page Washington Post story about an alleged government plan to create free public Wi-Fi networks indicates public enthusiasm for cheaper Internet access in America. If only it were so simple. 

  • (Not So) Free Wi-Fi

    February 4, 2013
    Having failed to garner sufficient congressional support for SOPA, the powerful content industry (big Hollywood studios, the Recording Industry of America, etc.) has now partnered with equally powerful Internet service providers to hatch a “Six Strikes” plan that may threaten the availability of free public Wi-Fi.

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