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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.

  • Report Shows How Big Bad Bills Bulldoze Broadband

    January 8, 2013
    Here’s a fun experiment: Grab the next person you see and tell her you’re about to talk about tech policy (you know, to prepare her). If she hasn’t screamed, pulled out all of her hair or fled the room, tell her you’re about to take a voyage to strange lands where laws exist that make it harder for people to access the Internet.
  • Three Media Issues We Can't Ignore in 2013

    January 8, 2013
    We’ve accomplished a lot in 2012, but when it comes to the fight for better media there is always more to do. Here are three critical issues we must tackle in the coming year.
  • More Warrantless Wiretapping from the U.S. Government

    January 7, 2013

    Talk about a crappy present. Before the holidays we warned you that Congress was about to hand us a lump of coal in the form of the FISA Amendments Act.

    Well, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! You got your coal.

  • Think Media Consolidation Is Good for Journalism? Think Again

    January 3, 2013

    The Federal Communications Commission is pushing a plan to gut its 30-year-old newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership ban. This proposal would allow one company to own a local paper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in a single market. Advocates of more media consolidation argue that allowing TV stations and newspapers to merge is critical to cutting costs and saving local journalism.

  • Hey, CJR, Let's Do the Time Warp Again!

    December 26, 2012

    Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, Steven Waldman laments that the media ownership debate is "stuck in a bit of a 1980s time warp."

    Well, gag me with a spoon.

  • Calling All CREDO Customers and Petition Signers!

    December 20, 2012
    Did you know you can help fund Free Press’ work to change the media and build a better democracy — without spending a penny? Here’s how: Vote for Free Press via the CREDO 2012 Donations Ballot.
  • Deck the Halls With Internet Freedom

    December 20, 2012
    2012 was a huge year for Internet freedom. We stopped SOPA and PIPA. We forced AT&T to relent when it blocked the FaceTime video-calling app. We stopped the march toward privacy-killing cybersecurity legislation. And we put forward a vision of Internet freedom for all.
  • From Instagram to Open Journalism

    December 20, 2012

    Instagram’s changes to its terms of service are the most recent in a long string of events that remind us of the deal we make when we embrace “free” commercial platforms online. Now Instagram is going back to the drawing board, clarifying and revising its rules.

  • The Destructive Power of Data Caps

    December 19, 2012
    From video-streaming sites to online education platforms to cloud computing services, innovative new Internet applications are using more and more data. But a trend is stifling the promise of these new technologies: the rise of increasingly restrictive data caps. Internet service providers use these caps to limit how much data people use each month: Exceed the cap and you have to pay more.
  • Why I Left Instagram

    December 19, 2012
    Last April I wrote a blog about Facebook’s purchase of Instagram. In the blog I discussed how I left Facebook in 2010, and how I joined Instagram shortly thereafter, and how I now wondered about being pulled back into the FB empire.

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