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Need a Press List?
Purchase a press list here! The 2015 Northern California press list has 1,200+ media contacts at print, broadcast, ethnic, hyperlocal news sites and alternative outlets.

Navigate the Media Maze With Media Alliance's How-To Guide!
Media Alliance's "Media How-To Guidebook" is designed to provide community organizations and activists with the nuts-and-bolts information they need to get their message out to the media.

Predictive Policing: Stuck in a Pattern
by Harlan YuUpturn
September 23rd, 2016
A look at Predictive Policing and Civil Rights from Upturn

Res The Emerging World of Broadband Public-Private Partnerships
Coalition for Local Internet Choices
The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and the Benton Foundation teamed up to write this legal and business strategy guide for local municipal governments teaming up with private companies to provide high speed Internet alternatives.

The Drone Report from Stop LAPD Spying
by Hamid KhanStop LAPD Spying
December 12th, 2015
Stop LAPD Spying reports on drones in the LA Metro

Who Makes The News: Global Media Monitoring Project 2015
Global Media Monitoring Project 2015
December 12th, 2015
A report sponsored by the UN looking at the gender component of global media.

Media In Action Report
Global Action Project
November 9th, 2015
Global Action Project create this field report on media and youth organizing in the US.

CURB Decarceration Report
November 9th, 2015
In this report, every county in California has a failing grade in working towards lower levels of imprisonment.

Digital Culture Shift Report
Center for Media Justice
September 14th, 2015
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?

Artificial Scarcity: How Data Caps Harm Consumers and Innovation
by Danielle Kehl and Patrick LuceyOpen Technology Institute
July 7th, 2015
New America’s Open Technology Institute released this new report examining the use of data caps on wired and mobile broadband service in the United States. The report analyzes the financial incentives that major Internet service providers have to implement these usage limits and research that demonstrates the behavioral effect of these policies on consumers.

2015 California Internet Connectivity Stats
California Emerging Technology Fund
June 18th, 2015
2015 Field Poll Results on California's Digital Divide

Not To Be Trusted
Color of Change/Media Matters
March 25th, 2015
ColorOfChange partnered with Media Matters for America to study how accurately local news stations are covering the role of Black people in crime. The result is an outrageous level of distortion: news stations report that Black people are involved in murder, assault and theft an average of 75% of the time in New York City, which exceeds the actual NYPD arrest rates for those crimes by 24 percentage points.

The Future of Broadband Technologies" An Infographic from the New Jersey Institute of Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology
March 6th, 2015
This engaging visual portrays a comprehensive analysis over net neutrality as it dives into the future of broadband technologies, produced by the New Jersey Institute of Technology

World Press Freedom Index 2015
Reporters Without Borders
February 28th, 2015
The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

Video Visitation
Grassroots Justice and Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
December 3rd, 2014
In September 2014, a group of Dallas-area advocates led a fight against an initiative that would have introduced video visitation capability to the Dallas County jail. The company proposing to provide services to Dallas had buried in its contract a requirement that the jail eliminate in-person visitation, thus leaving those who wished to visit prisoners only one option – visit by video.

Smart About Surveillance
by Nicole Ozer and Peter BibringACLU - Northern California
November 22nd, 2014
A model ordinance for community control over surveillance equipment acquisitions, uses and practices from ACLU-NC

Rise of the Renter Nation
by Tony Roshan SamaraRight To The City Alliance
November 22nd, 2014
Solutions to the housing affordability crisis from the Right To The City Alliance

Climate Justice Calls for Gender Justice: A Paper From Madre
by MADREhttp://www.madre.org
September 23rd, 2014
A paper from MADRE about intersections between climate justice and the living conditions for women and girls.

A Neutral Guide to Net Neutrality
by Stephanie CretsSingle Hop
August 27th, 2014
From Singlehop.com - Industry Insights. Net Neutrality has been the topic of intense conversation recently, as the FCC solicits and considers public comments about how to regulate Internet traffic. We’ve put together the overview below to help you understand the issues and players that influence the way we use the Internet daily for business, research, entertainment, and social activities.

What Is Net Neutrality: What Businesses Need to Know
by Stewart LeongSalesforce Blog
August 12th, 2014
On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver motivated thousands of viewers to leave comments about net neutrality on the FCC website. It’s obvious that internet users are passionate about net neutrality, but what does it all mean for business? Thought leaders from Harvard, Wharton—and HBO—weigh in.

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