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National Broadband Policy for the Twenty-First Century: Thoughts from the Grassroots

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This Media Alliance report is a compilation of several events held in the state of California in 2008 where grassroots groups and members of the community gathered to discuss the the Internet.

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Digital Infrastructure, By the Community, For The Community

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by Eloise Lee

In East Palo Alto, we’ve realized that it’s not a case of ‘if you build it, they will come.’

Just because technology is in place doesn’t necessarily mean people will find value in it,” states Dr. Faye McNair-Knox, executive director of One East Palo Alto—an organizational member of the East Palo Alto Digital Village Program. “Working alongside groups who provide essential services to local residents has helped us to partner with individuals who have not participated to become familiar with the technology and develop their own value for it. You really have to build that whole base of value within a community for people to access technology.” Continue reading Digital Infrastructure, By the Community, For The Community

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The Low-Access People: Tiny Grey-Garcia’s Notes on the NCMR

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By Lisa Gray-Garcia

It’s the snow that appears late at night on our TV… it can reach across oceans and mountain ranges and beyond…it has the potential to provide a channel of access to many independent broadcasters, which is why the big telecoms are trying to seize it,”explained Eloise Rose Lee, from Media Alliance based in California, one of five people speaking at “The Future of the Internet” panel at the National Conference of Media Reform held in Minneapolis last week. Continue reading The Low-Access People: Tiny Grey-Garcia’s Notes on the NCMR

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The FCC Bus: One Person’s Story

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Printed courtesy of Poor News Network and authors Guillermo Gonzalez and Gloria Esteva

I sat in a dark, foreboding hall at Stanford University listening to the words of resistance of Gloria Esteva (staff writer of POOR Magazine/PoorNewsNetwork and member of the Voces de Immigrantes en Resistencia at the Race, Poverty and Media Justice Institute at POOR). As I listened I felt truly inspired. Continue reading The FCC Bus: One Person’s Story

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MA Joins Vint Cerf Filing Comments In Electronic Labeling for Wireless Devices Proceeding

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by Dave Taht and Vint Cerf

Media Alliance signed on to comments by Vint Cerf, oft-dubbed co-founder of the Internet, in an FCC proceeding about Electronic Labeling of Wireless Devices, a proceeding that has significant impact on open source development.  Continue reading MA Joins Vint Cerf Filing Comments In Electronic Labeling for Wireless Devices Proceeding

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Alameda County Board Of Supervisors Passes Most Comprehensive Cell Phone Interceptor Privacy Policy In the Country

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Update: On November 17th the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a comprehensive privacy policy regulating the county’s use of cell phone interceptor equipment (often referred to in the press by “Stingray” or “Hailstorm”) before approving the purchase of an equipment upgrade. Continue reading Alameda County Board Of Supervisors Passes Most Comprehensive Cell Phone Interceptor Privacy Policy In the Country

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