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.

  • Boston

    April 19, 2013

    Our thoughts are with our allies, friends and families in Boston.

    Like you, we've been watching the news very carefully. We've often been disappointed and disheartened by what we've seen. Some news outlets have broken their public trust by pushing out misinformation, rushing to judgment, or participating in rampant speculation. At a moment when our communities need reliable, trusted information, we have been left with rumors and falsehoods.

  • CISPA Passes in the House

    April 18, 2013
    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) — the bill that would obliterate our privacy laws and chill free expression online — just passed in the House.
  • CISPA Vote This Afternoon

    April 17, 2013
    Congress could vote on CISPA as early as this afternoon. That means we have only a few hours to call our representatives and demand a “NO” vote on this privacy-killing bill.
  • A Privacy-Killing Surveillance Machine

    April 15, 2013
    Imagine if Facebook, Google and Twitter built a privacy-killing surveillance machine to help the federal government spy on us. If Congress passes the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this week (the same CISPA that withered in Congress last year), we’ll be one step closer to that nightmare.
  • The Global Fight for Better Media

    April 11, 2013
    At the National Conference for Media Reform, one thing was clear to those of us who attended from abroad: This conference might need a new name. Media reform is not just a national concern, but an issue that crosses borders and affects communities around the world.
  • Saturday Rocked. So Will Sunday!

    April 7, 2013
    Where else but at the National Conference for Media Reform can you hear panelists in one room discussing drone warfare in Afghanistan and in another debating the relative merits of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman?
  • Anything Can Happen

    April 6, 2013

    Those who've visited the Conference Commons might have noticed a potted fern meandering around. And this fern doesn’t just walk — no, it also talks (about Net Neutrality, among other matters) as it senses people approaching.

    The Commons is, indeed, a place where anything can happen.

  • Come Play in Our Tech and Media Playground!

    April 6, 2013

    With tons of panel discussions on the conference slate, the National Conference for Media Reform is the place to be if you’re in the mood for riveting conversation.

    But sometimes it’s fun to can the talk and get right down to the nuts and bolts of doing.

  • Sock-It-to-Me Saturday

    April 6, 2013

    If you’re like me, you stayed up until the wee hours at our rocking Shake Your Media Maker Dance Party. (New definition for awesome: Hank Shocklee.) So maybe you’re feeling a little bleary-eyed this morning — but don’t even think about laying low. Grab a cup of joe, do 100 jumping jacks, shower in arctic water … do what it takes to perk yourself up for the many cool offerings we have lined up for you!

  • Lights, Camera, Film Festival

    April 5, 2013

    Where can you get Sundance-worthy films without having to wade through the celebrities and celebrity entourages who take over that once-humble film festival every January?

    At the National Conference for Media Reform Film Festival, of course!

    In fact, our film festival includes two Sundance winners — Middle of Nowhere and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry — and you won’t have to elbow aside Harvey Weinstein to get into the screenings.


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