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  • One Million People Stand Up for Their Rights to Connect and Communicate

    January 31, 2014
    At a community town hall in Oakland earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, in reference to his previous gig, “I was a typical Washington player.” “My goal now,” he added, “in my new job, with my new responsibility, is to learn by listening.”
  • Why the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality

    January 31, 2014
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation says we shouldn’t trust the FCC to properly enforce Net Neutrality rules. As a close friend and ally of EFF, we at Free Press offer a respectful counter-argument to the notion that the FCC should not be in charge of ensuring the Internet remains free and open.
  • One Million Strong: Free Press-Led Coalition Tells FCC to Restore Net Neutrality

    January 30, 2014
    Amazing! On Thursday, Free Press led a coalition of organizations — including the ACLU, Avaaz, ColorOfChange, Common Cause, CREDO, DailyKos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, the Harry Potter Alliance, MoveOn, RootsAction and the Sierra Club — that delivered more than 1 million petitions to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to restore Net Neutrality.

  • Congressman to Journalist: "I'll Break You in Half"

    January 29, 2014
    After last night’s State of the Union address, a member of Congress threatened to throw a journalist off the balcony of the Capitol building. Sit with that for a moment.
  • The Impact of the Net Neutrality Ruling on People of Color

    January 27, 2014
    On Jan. 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. In its decision, the court said that the FCC lacked the authority to implement and enforce its Net Neutrality rules under the legal framework it had adopted. But what does this mean and why is the open Internet so essential for communities of color?
  • Coming Clean on Net Neutrality

    January 27, 2014
    I’m relieved that Net Neutrality’s opponents have finally come clean. Sort of.
  • Catch Free Press' Joseph Torres at Al Jazeera America

    January 26, 2014
    In a recent piece for Al-Jazeera America, Free Press Senior External Affairs Director Joseph Torres explores the broader cultural impact of the Jan. 14 ruling that overturned the Net Neutrality protections.
  • Privacy Board Says NSA Phone Spying Is Illegal

    January 24, 2014
    Poor NSA. The world’s most powerful spy is drawing fire everywhere it turns these days — and on Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board weighed in.
  • The Day We Fight Back

    January 24, 2014
    Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide last January — one year after he helped plan the mass online protest that brought down the SOPA/PIPA Web-censorship legislation, and two years after MIT police arrested him for downloading academic journals from the digital library JSTOR.
  • Decoding Net Neutrality: A User-Friendly Explanation of Verizon v. FCC and Its Impact on Latinos

    January 22, 2014
    Last week, a federal appeals court gutted a large portion of the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rules. This blog post will explain what the Net Neutrality rules accomplished, and what the court decision means for those of us who care about the well-being of Latinos and other people of color.


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