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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.

  • 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.
  • Privacy, Please

    December 18, 2012
    [UPDATED 12/19/12]: At a press conference on Wednesday, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the agency will amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
  • Five House Reps Join the Anti-Media Consolidation Chorus

    December 17, 2012

    The opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to gut media ownership rules continues to grow on Capitol Hill. In fact, it’s not just growing — it’s burgeoning.

    In just the last few weeks, 49 House members and 13 senators have told the FCC to ditch a proposal that would benefit media titans like Rupert Murdoch — and hurt just about everyone else.

  • The Government Has Your Number

    December 13, 2012

    Think your phone calls are protected? Think again.

    Every day, companies like AT&T and Verizon hand over records of our phone calls and Internet activity to federal agencies — without telling users anything. And Congress seems intent on squashing any attempt to stop this behavior and protect our privacy.

  • Big Savings, New Jobs from Community-Owned Networks

    December 13, 2012
    We're all frustrated at rate hikes from phone and cable companies. Every year, it's either an outright increase or some new fee that has the same effect. Now imagine being told that over the next five years, Comcast was going to raise the price of your Internet connection by over 800 percent.
  • Masters of the Internet

    December 13, 2012

    Who controls the Internet?

    That question rests uneasily at the center of debates this week at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai.

    The 12-day wonkfest has brought together representatives from more than 150 U.N. member states to craft global rules for the Internet. And that's where the trouble begins.

  • What's So Funny About the FCC's Failures?

    December 13, 2012

    On Thursday night at the Washington Hilton, communications lawyers, media industry lobbyists, tech policy wonks and a few beat reporters will gather for the FCC Chairman's Dinner — an annual night of backslapping and inside jokes where the head of the Federal Communications Commission gives a "funny" speech zinging his colleagues and critics.

  • News Flash for the FCC

    December 12, 2012

    When it comes to media consolidation, the Federal Communications Commission is feeling the heat from all sides. Today activists took to the streets outside the FCC headquarters to deliver more than 200,000 signatures from people all over the U.S. who are calling on the agency to halt its rush to gut media ownership protections.

  • Fixing the Media? We've Got Apps for That

    December 11, 2012

    What if there was a gadget that could fix everything that’s wrong with the media?

    There’s no such thing — yet.

    But at Free Press we’re building a people-powered machine that fights every day to change the media and build a better democracy. Click here to read about all of the “apps” that make Free Press such a powerful and effective tool for achieving lasting change.

  • Why Oct. 15, 2013 Will Change the Radio Dial Forever

    December 7, 2012

    The FM dial is about to become an auditory playground that could make the days when Top 40 hits and shock jocks dominated the airwaves feel like a distant memory.

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