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Prison Debit Cards: Another Extortion
Human Rights Defense Center HRDC
March 25th, 2015
The use of third-party release debit cards is a growing trend in U.S. prisons and jails, where companies see an opportunity to profit off people who have no choice on whether or not to use release debit cards.

Petitions Filed at FCC to Free Community Broadband
by Chris MitchellMuni Networks/Institite for Local Self-Reliance
July 28th, 2014
Two municipal broadband projects in North Carolina have filed petitions with the FCC to lift local restrictions on expanding their services.

Media Alliance Filing - Net Neutrality
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
July 17th, 2014
Here's our individual filing in the FCC Net Neutrality proceeding. MA is also signed onto several larger group filings.

Is Net Neutrality on the Ropes?
by Gautham NageshWall Street Journal Online
April 23rd, 2014
A 4-23 article in the Wall Street Journal announces FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposal to allow ISP's to give preferential treatment to some content providers.

Big Data and Privacy
March 31st, 2014
MA joined 17 grassroots media groups in an open letter supporting a civil rights platform for big data

Coalition Demands Privacy Protections For Teens on Facebook
Center for Digital Democracy
March 1st, 2014
The Center for Digital Democracy, joined by Media Alliance and a coalition of public health, child advocacy, and media justice groups, today filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a case concerning teen privacy online. In Fraley v. Facebook, the social networking company was sued for violating the privacy of users of all ages, and the company settled with class-action attorneys before going to litigation. Facebook’s proposed settlement, which was eventually approved by the U.S. District Court, does not protect teen users from appearing in sponsored advertisements on Facebook, even though seven states forbid this kind of appropriation without parental consent

Verizon vs FCC In Court On 9-9.
by The Open Internet Goes To CourtNew American Foundation
September 6th, 2013
On September 9th, Verizon vs FCC, a crucial case that will determine the authority of the government to regulate the development of the Internet, opens arguments in the DC Circuit Court. This panel at the New America Foundation discusses the importance of the case and the future of the Internet.

Rural Broadband Lag Persists
by NTIANational Telecommunications and Information Agency
A new report by NTIA details ongoing disparities between rural and urban residents in access to high-speed broadband.

Open Internet Proposal Gets 24% Support From Verizon Shareholders
This represents a three-fold increase in support from a similar action filed last year, which garnered 7.9% of shareholder votes in favor of a net neutrality proposal.

Susan Crawford in SF on May 14th
Former White House Advisor and law professor Susan Crawford speaks on her new book Captive Audience: Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. 2:00pm on May 14th at the CPUC Auditorium 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.

Internet Freedom: Dubai and Beyond
by Committee on Foreign Affairshttp://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/joint-subcommittee-hearing-fighting-internet-freedom-dubai-and-beyond
In DC, an important hearing on the international administration of the Internet. Check out the video.

International Internet Regs: Nothing to Write Home About
by Policy TeamWCIT Watch at Access Now
The rework of international Internet treaties at the WCIT came up with an end result almost no one likes: and a treaty many countries aren't likely to sign

Wireless Lifeline: Real or Phony
Update: 11/29 It looks like a compromise proposal is in the works. Comments at the meeting looked very encouraging for consumer protections and a meaningful definition of basic service.

Six-Strikes Anti-Piracy Tracking To Roll Out November 28th
Torrent Freak
Torrent Freak acquired AT&T planning documents for an ISP-enforced antipiracy initiative that would target users for violations by their IP address.

New Pew Cell/Phone Internet Survey Documents Impact of Data Caps
Pew Internet Center
17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device

AT&T and Verizon - What Digital Divide?
by Gerry SmithHuffington Post
Gerry Smith writes in the Huffington Post about AT&T and Verizon's decision to reject FCC funds to expend high-speed Internet services to rural Americans.

There's a Public Internet and You May Not Be On It
by Brendan Greeley and Jeff BlissBloomberg BusinessWeek
Responding to a Department of Justice probe into anti-competitive behavior, telecom giant Comcast made the interesting claim that while competitor Netfix operates in the public internet, their on-demand movie service (Xfinity) operates in the private Internet.

Fahrenheit 451
by Andrew CoutsDigital Trends
In the spirit of the Bradbury novel and the Right-to-Know Monsanto initiative, a Google programmer has suggested a new error code indicating when a link you click on has been censored by the government.

CISPA - SOPA, But Worse
by EFFDeeplinks Blog
In the parade of dismal cybersecurity bills coming out of Congress, CISPA (passed by the house on April 26th) is setting a new low.

5.9% of AT&T Shareholders Vote for Wireless Neutrality
by Granty GossIDG News Service
About 5.9 percent of AT&T shareholders have voted for a proposal calling on the company to commit to net neutrality principles on its wireless networks, but supporters of the measure called the vote a success.

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