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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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Prison Debit Cards – Another Extortion

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Human Rights Defense Center HRDC

The more familiar you become with the practices of the prison-industrial complex, the more extortion rackets you uncover directed at squeezing every last drop out of the ever growing numbers of Americans incarcerated for all or part of their adult lives.

In the latest regulatory look at the US mass incarceration network, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking into the use of prison debit cards, when the assets of newly released prisoners are returned to them via mandatory debit cards with high usage fees. Continue reading Prison Debit Cards – Another Extortion

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Broadband Institute and Media Alliance Amici Brief in USTA vs FCC

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The Broadband Institute of California and Media Alliance filed this amici brief in United States Telecom Assn vs FCC, one of the lawsuits seeking to overturn the February 26th net neutrality regulation passed by the Federal Communications Commission.

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Open Letter to Twitter About Politwoops

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Twitter shut down a tool that helps people hold politicians accountable in 29 countries around the world. The Netherlands-based civil society group Open State Foundation created Politwoops, which scans the Twitter accounts of politicians for tweets they’ve deleted. Deleted tweets can provide insight to the viewpoints of public officials, and journalists have been using Politwoops to keep representatives accountable for what they say publicly. In the spirit of transparency, Open State allowed other organizations to use the code of the tool, and use it they have, everywhere from Argentina, to Turkey, to Spain, to the United Kingdom.

Update: The campaign to save Politwoops was successful and the applications has been restored.

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International Webtivists Question Facebook’s Internet.org

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67 civil society groups around the world write open letter to Facebook questioning the Internet.org program to provide walled garden Internet service to underserved populations in the developing world.

The government of India prevented internet.org from being marketed in the country after the campaign was launched.

To join the campaign against Internet.org, click here.  Continue reading International Webtivists Question Facebook’s Internet.org

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