Category Archives: Internet Freedom

Digital inclusion and who controls the Internet

Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing On The Internet



Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on November 21st, 2014

The second community town hall on net neutrality: thrown by the media justice community because the FCC would not.

The event took place on November 20th at SF City Hall, sponsored by Jay Nath, the CTO of the City of San Francisco, and hosted by a variety of groups including Media Alliance, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Common Cause, Free Press and the Center for Media Justice/Mag-Net.

Honored guests included former FCC commissioner Michael Copps and Oakland City Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan.

Watch the Video!



All We Want Is Equal Representation Online




November 10, 2014

Statement from Media Action Grassroots Network

Oakland, California —  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  is considering a legally dubious “hybrid” approach to new open Internet rules that would allow some forms of discrimination.  Communities of color and low-income families are among the more than 3.7 million people in the United States that have urged the FCC to reclassify broadband as a common carrier, and enforce Title II rules that prevent online censorship and discrimination.

Tracy Rosenberg, Director of MAGNet Member Media Alliance in Oakland, CA, said, “The courts have already thrown back awkward compromises twice. The third time won’t be the charm. Full reclassification with forbearance is the only proven road to level the playing field on the Internet our communities need”. Continue reading All We Want Is Equal Representation Online


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



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


International Webtivists Question Facebook’s




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

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

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


Local Organizations Advocating for Real Net Neutrality



Oakland-Members of Media Alliance, PUEBLO, First Voice Media Action, Mujeres Unidas Y Activas and others are meeting with Representative Barbara Lee’s office today at 11:00am to urge her to demand that any net neutrality orders presented to the Federal Communications Commission for a vote next week provide the same consumer protections to users of wireless and mobile broadband services. Continue reading Local Organizations Advocating for Real Net Neutrality


Digital Culture Shift Report



As activism for police accountability, fair wages, just immigration, and more takes center stage — social justice movements of the 21st century are using technology to achieve greater scale and reach wider audiences. But are these digital strategies building power for long-term social change, or helping maintain the status quo?

A  report from the Center for Media Justice says the answer depends on the strategy — and offers new approaches and recommendations, from a diverse cross-section of leaders, for building effective social movements in an age of big data and digital technology.