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  • Vermont Public Access Advocate Recalls George Stoney

    July 17, 2012

    George Stoney, unflagging champion of free speech, open media and opportunity for all, died in his home in New York City on July 12. George was 96 and actively producing movies and supporting public access advocates until the end.

    At the time of his death, George was working with David Bagnali and Dave Olive on an in-depth documentary on the life of Paulo Freire, the late Brazilian educator and activist.

  • Censorship = Freedom?

    July 16, 2012

    Think you have the right to speak freely via cellphones, websites and social media? Well, the companies that provide you with access to the Internet don’t.

    The framers drafted the First Amendment as a check on government authority — not corporate power. But whether we’re texting friends, sharing photos on Facebook, or posting updates on Twitter, we’re connecting with each other and the Internet via privately controlled networks.

  • Patrick Leahy Hearts Batman

    July 12, 2012

    Patrick Leahy, the senior senator from Vermont, has appeared in four Batman movies, including the forthcoming Dark Knight Rises.

    Warner Bros. produced all four of these movies.

    Time Warner owns Warner Bros.

    During his 2010 reelection campaign, Leahy received more money from Time Warner than any other member of Congress.

  • Justice Department: Political Ads Threaten Public Media's Character

    July 10, 2012

    In April, in what seemed at first to be an April Fool’s joke, a federal appeals court in California ruled that noncommercial public broadcasting stations should be allowed to air political ads. The ruling struck down a longstanding ban on such ads, arguing that it infringed on free speech. The court upheld the ban on commercial ads. 

  • Private Eyes. They're Watching You

    July 10, 2012

    The next time you send a text, consider this: The government may be watching you.

  • Open Internet Champ Rep. Issa Signs the Declaration of Internet Freedom

    July 9, 2012

    The movement to protect the open Internet got a big boost today, as Rep. Darrell Issa — a staunch opponent of SOPA and PIPA — joined thousands of others in signing the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

    The Declaration nicely complements the Digital Citizens' Bill of Rights, a set of similar principles Rep. Issa and Sen. Ron Wyden released last month. 

  • 10 Ways to Tell Whether Your Local News Has Been Outsourced

    July 3, 2012

    Who produces the local news you read, see and hear? Has it been outsourced to people in another state, or maybe even another country? How can you tell?

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Clock Is Ticking

    July 3, 2012

    The summer of 2012 will be remembered for the day Katie Holmes came to her senses, the Olympic swim-off between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte … and the moment when information about televised political ads went online.

  • Local News Hits a New Low

    July 2, 2012

    This American Life exposed a new low for local news in this week’s episode, “Switcheroo,” which revealed how U.S. media corporations have outsourced local news to the Philippines. The story focuses on a company called Journatic, which produces “local” news for dozens of newspapers around the United States. The problem is, they don’t use any local reporters to do it.

  • The Declaration of Internet Freedom

    July 2, 2012

    This post originally appeared in Slate.

    Internet freedom isn’t a left or right issue — it should matter to everyone who cares about the health and future of democracy.

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