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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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Prison Debit Cards – Another Extortion

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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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Big Data and Privacy

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Media Alliance joined sixteen other grassroots media group in a letter to the White House embracing a rights-model for the handling of big data.

The letter states “we believe that big data creates significant new risks of racial injustice. In order to ensure a fair and inclusive future for our nation’s communities of color, and to enable the potential benefits of these new technologies to be fully realized and broadly shared, it is vitally important that the emerging policy framework for big data explicitly acknowledges and address issues of racial discrimination”. Continue reading Big Data and Privacy

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