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  • Tweet for Internet Freedom

    August 3, 2012
    The Declaration of Internet Freedom continues to resonate with Internet users around the world. This month we’re adding a new layer to the conversation: We’re asking people to tweet about what the Declaration’s principles mean to them, and why it’s so important to join the movement to protect Internet freedom.
  • FCC Fines Verizon; Consumers Rejoice

    August 2, 2012

    This week, the Federal Communications Commission delivered a long-awaited victory in the fight for Internet freedom. It fined Verizon Wireless $1.25 million for illegally limiting customers’ use of competitive applications on the company’s 4G network. The FCC action will save lots of Verizon customers hundreds of dollars a year, giving those folks more affordable and open Internet access.

  • Victory! Political Files Go Online

    August 2, 2012
    It’s here! It’s finally here! Today’s the day we get our first glimpse into the deep, dark pockets of major network TV broadcasters all across the nation. The FCC’s online political files database launches today — and not a minute too soon.
  • More Fluff, More Crime and More Copycat Newscasts?

    August 1, 2012
    It’s another record-breaking year for TV news, at least according to a recent survey from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Regrettably, the real story is a lot less exciting— and it raises a lot more questions.
  • Chicago Tribune Writers Want Answers About Journatic

    July 26, 2012

    How much has Tribune Co. invested in Journatic — the company that is replacing local journalists with outsourced news produced in the Philippines? What percentage of Journatic does it own? Who decided against immediately severing ties with Journatic when ethic code violations — including plagiarism — were uncovered? How can the Chicago Tribune maintain its credibility as a watchdog if its parent company doesn’t demand the same high standards from its business partners?

  • I Love the Smell of Internet Freedom in the Morning

    July 25, 2012
    Wow, Internet freedom is delicious. At least that’s how some Free Pressers felt when we conducted a little photo shoot to help kick off the Summer of Internet Freedom. We figured we’ve been helping activists around the world organize their own Internet freedom events, so why not join in the fun?
  • When Will U.S. Politicians Stand Up to Rupert Murdoch?

    July 25, 2012

    This week’s Murdoch news raises as many questions as it answers, as the phone-hacking scandal enters its second year dominating front-page headlines worldwide.

    But the controversy that has rocked Murdoch’s British empire has caused little more than a ripple among America’s political leadership.

  • Throw SOPA, PIPA and CISPA on the Grill!

    July 24, 2012

    The release of the Declaration of Internet Freedom has sparked a vigorous global discussion about the role of the Internet in our lives — and how we can keep it free and open.

    Today we’re spicing up the conversation with a little BBQ sauce.

  • What's the Answer to Outsourced News?

    July 24, 2012

    When it comes to outsourcing news, says Ernie Smith of the ShortFormBlog, “Journatic is just the tip of the iceberg.”

  • Why Give to Free Press?

    July 19, 2012

    I admit it: I’ve wondered if the $25 I kick toward a handful of nonprofits each year actually matters. Some of the groups on my list are so well-established it’s hard to imagine they’ll suffer much without my contribution. Others are struggling to keep their doors open, so it seems unlikely that my modest gift will help them stay afloat. But in the end I know that my contribution matters. That’s why I keep giving.

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