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The King is Naked! In defense of Michele Santoro.

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Aldo Civico

There is no democracy, unless there is dissent and that dissent can be overtly expressed. It obfuscates one's mind to see how heads of states, democra...

Net Neutrality Update: Are Inmates Running the Asylum?

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

I never thought I'd see the day when Free Press would ally with the Tea Party to kill legislation from one of Congress' most respected Democrats, but that's exactly what recently happened.

Genachowski's Choice

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the courage to do right by the millions of Internet users who demand an Internet of, for, and by the people.

Free Press: How (Not) to Win Friends and Influence People

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

Free Press' tactics aren't helpful. As a Democrat, I truly believe that Free Press could be an important progressive voice at the table on how technology can contribute to putting Americans back to work.

Would You Rather Have Waffles or a Better Education?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

While Mark Zuckerberg spends his money on helping the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs get educated, Free Press buys waffles. This week has ...

Communicating -- or Propagandizing? -- Science

Karl Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Grossman

The media must take on a new vested power: scientific and technological interests. Where does the initiative in assisting scientists in "communicating science" stop and facilitating propaganda begin?

Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Al Franken warned a packed house in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.

Wild Experimentation in San Francisco's Local News Scene

Christin Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christin Evans

In San Francisco, hyperlocal sites have sprouted in all compass directions with terrific reporting of local neighborhood news.

Google Goes "Evil"

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Adam Green

Following a conference call with Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg I can now say that Google, a company that I've long admired and currently hold thousands of dollars of stock in, just "went evil."

Freedom of Information Comes to Malaysia

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

The Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor, Malaysia created history earlier this month by tabling the nation's first piece of Right to Information legislation in the State Assembly. But the bill has its flaws.

The Best of All Possible Americas

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Our free press has been so intimidated by right-wing pressure groups and their media enablers that the job of fact-finding has been replaced by the grotesque practice of "balancing" charges with countercharges.

The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Washington is under siege over Net Neutrality. On the one side, elected officials and regulators have heard from millions of citizens demanding that ...

Net Neutrality Versus the Telecom Pirates

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Rose

Increasing broadband access worries some who fear it will lead to more piracy. But others are more concerned about "corporate pirates" who've tried to hijack control of the Internet for their own commercial benefit.

The F Word: Success on Net Neutrality

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Laura Flanders

In an update on our last show, FCC chair Julius Genachowski says he's now going to go ahead and regulate broadband under the same decades-old rules designed for phone networks.

Netroots to Obama FCC: Inaction Is Not an Option

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Chairman Genachowski is now squarely in the crosshairs of the netroots community. Should he cave to corporate special interest and sell out Net Neutrality, it will become the signature action of a failed Obama appointee.

Four Easy Steps to Telco Control of the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Media giants are spending a fortune to convince lawmakers and regulators to dismantle consumer protections on the Internet and give industry absolute power over the most important communications medium of our time.

How Reform Can Save the Internet: Two Must Watch Videos

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Two recent videos make a clear cut case for media reform in the digital age, and should be fixtures on the virtual shelf of anyone interested in the issue.

Third Way Blind: Will the FCC's Regulatory Agenda Deliver Us to Our Broadband Future?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

If the FCC was willing to keep an open institutional mind, it could see far enough beyond its regulatory agenda to address the digital problem of our generation.

Larry Lessig: How Deregulation Failed the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC won't listen to history, perhaps it will listen to the present and a public demanding that the agency does the right thing by reclassifying broadband.

Free Press to Communities of Color: We Know What's Best For You

Robert Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Steele

A friend forwarded an e-mail to me that came from a net neutrality advocacy group called "Free Press." This pushy and biased e-mail solicited interviews with minority news outlets.

Updated: Honduran Journalist and Family Reunited, Make it to Canada under Political Asylum

Miguel Guadalupe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Miguel Guadalupe

Karol Cabrera is still in El Salvador as they search for her daughter, who has suddenly disappeared. While some have speculated the daughter had possibly run away, most believe she was very excited to leave.

Net Neutrality -- The Fight Ahead

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Yesterday's decision could mark the beginning of America's Broadband Dark Age. The court ruled that the FCC has no right to stop carriers from developing a two-tier Internet and blocking Web content that they don't like.

Phone Company Makes the Case for Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Another Internet service provider is caught getting in the way of its users, just four days before the FCC closes the window for public comments in its effort to stop such meddling.

A Funny Thing Happened at Stanford's FCC Hearing

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

Broadcasters are licensed to "serve the public interest..." If they do not, they should have their licenses stripped away. It's a rule that both the corporate owners and the FCC prefer to ignore.

Will Dirty Politics Kill the Internet?

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Big phone and cable companies are so determined to dismantle consumer protections on the open Internet that they've spent millions to flip Congress against you. Earlier this week, many in Congress delivered.