• Justice Department: Political Ads Threaten Public Media's Character

    July 10, 2012

    In April, in what seemed at first to be an April Fool’s joke, a federal appeals court in California ruled that noncommercial public broadcasting stations should be allowed to air political ads. The ruling struck down a longstanding ban on such ads, arguing that it infringed on free speech. The court upheld the ban on commercial ads. 

  • Private Eyes. They're Watching You

    July 10, 2012

    The next time you send a text, consider this: The government may be watching you.

  • Open Internet Champ Rep. Issa Signs the Declaration of Internet Freedom

    July 9, 2012

    The movement to protect the open Internet got a big boost today, as Rep. Darrell Issa — a staunch opponent of SOPA and PIPA — joined thousands of others in signing the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

    The Declaration nicely complements the Digital Citizens' Bill of Rights, a set of similar principles Rep. Issa and Sen. Ron Wyden released last month. 

  • 10 Ways to Tell Whether Your Local News Has Been Outsourced

    July 3, 2012

    Who produces the local news you read, see and hear? Has it been outsourced to people in another state, or maybe even another country? How can you tell?

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Clock Is Ticking

    July 3, 2012

    The summer of 2012 will be remembered for the day Katie Holmes came to her senses, the Olympic swim-off between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte … and the moment when information about televised political ads went online.

  • Local News Hits a New Low

    July 2, 2012

    This American Life exposed a new low for local news in this week’s episode, “Switcheroo,” which revealed how U.S. media corporations have outsourced local news to the Philippines. The story focuses on a company called Journatic, which produces “local” news for dozens of newspapers around the United States. The problem is, they don’t use any local reporters to do it.

  • The Declaration of Internet Freedom

    July 2, 2012

    This post originally appeared in Slate.

    Internet freedom isn’t a left or right issue — it should matter to everyone who cares about the health and future of democracy.

  • Declare Your Internet Freedom

    July 2, 2012

    When millions of Internet users unite, big things happen.

    Earlier this year, more than 13 million people joined up to stop twin bills — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — that would have irrevocably damaged the open Internet.

  • Raise Your Hand If You Want Representation

    June 27, 2012

    Alright folks, let’s take a poll:

    Raise your hand if you think our current media system covers the issues you care about and gives you the information you need to better understand the world around you. If your hand is up, lucky you. If your hand is down, you’re not alone.

  • An Old Plan for New Media

    June 27, 2012

    Welcome to the Comcast Age.

    No, that's not a new corporate slogan, but the future facing Internet users everywhere.

    Cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner have come to dominate information access in the United States. And they're using this new power to squeeze out competitors and remake new media in their old image.

    For anyone online that means a future of fewer choices among broadband providers and less control over the digital diet that's fed across their networks.


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