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Is Net Neutrality on the Ropes?
by Gautham NageshWall Street Journal Online
April 23rd, 2014
A 4-23 article in the Wall Street Journal announces FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposal to allow ISP's to give preferential treatment to some content providers.

Big Data and Privacy
March 31st, 2014
MA joined 17 grassroots media groups in an open letter supporting a civil rights platform for big data

Coalition Demands Privacy Protections For Teens on Facebook
Center for Digital Democracy
March 1st, 2014
The Center for Digital Democracy, joined by Media Alliance and a coalition of public health, child advocacy, and media justice groups, today filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a case concerning teen privacy online. In Fraley v. Facebook, the social networking company was sued for violating the privacy of users of all ages, and the company settled with class-action attorneys before going to litigation. Facebook’s proposed settlement, which was eventually approved by the U.S. District Court, does not protect teen users from appearing in sponsored advertisements on Facebook, even though seven states forbid this kind of appropriation without parental consent

Hold Big Media Accountable


Hate Crime Reporting Act Introduced in the Senate
National Hispanic Media Coalition
April 18th, 2014
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, introduced legislation to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes.

Missouri Democrat McCaskill Excoriates Big Cable For High Prices
April 5th, 2014
At a cable regulatory meeting (STELA) in DC, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill scolded cable and satellite providers for high prices and confusing bill practices.

Bill To Rescue Public Access TV Passes CA U&C Committee
by Gary MartinAccess Sacramento
March 27th, 2014
Under a ground swell of 54 support letters and more than a dozen speakers, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, aimed at helping fiscally struggling public, education and government (PEG) cable television channels, earned unanimous 12-0 approval Monday by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce at the California State Capitol.

Media Ownership


Aereo Case Places Supreme Court At Intersection of Broadcast vs Net
by Adam LiptakNew York Times
April 23rd, 2014
The Aereo case has the Supreme Court faced with disabling the start-up to protect broadcast retransmission fees or enabling innovation in content delivery platforms.

50 Public Interest Groups Say No To Comcast/Time Warner Merger
Free Press
The anti-competitive and anti-consumer cable merger between Comcast and Time Warner was objected to by 50 public interest organizations across the country.

Merger Mania: Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner
The Hill
February 17th, 2014
The nation's two biggest cable companies want to merge in a deal that looks to have grave consequences for competition and consumer choice in telecommunications.

Press Freedom and Media Workers


Big Cable Tries To Push Free Channels Off Basic Tier
March 7th, 2014
In a heated DC battle, over-the-air broadcasters are fighting cable efforts to kick them out of basic tier cable service.

Oakland Domain Awareness Center (DAC): Scaled Back
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
March 7th, 2014
Update 3/7/2014 Oakland City Council as expected, voted on 3-5-2014 to scale back the DAC spying machine to Port of Oakland property only.

AB 1876 Introduced In CA Assembly To End Phone Commissions In County Jails
February 25th, 2014
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 1876 into the CA Assembly to end commissions on phone calls into and out of county-operated jails in the State of California.

Raising Our Voices


Digital Literacy Curriculum
Curriculum from 2009-2010 Raising Our Voices Workshops

In Memory of My Son
This film was created by Consuelo Sopelario as a part of the 2008 Raising Our Voices Training Program coordinated by Media Alliance and sited at the East Side Arts Alliance in Oakland. Thanks to Eloise Lee, Renee Geesler, Tiny Grey-Garcia, Jess Clarke, R.J Lozada, Dorothy Kidd, Erika Myszynski, Karl Jagbanhandsingh, Taizet Hernandez and many others.

A Socially Responsible DTV Transition
This film was created by students at Centro de Raza's Youth Law Academy in the Spring of 2009 as a part of the 2008-09 Raising Our Voices Training Program coordinated by Media Alliance and sited at the East Side Arts Alliance in Oakland. Thanks to Eloise Lee, Renee Geesler, Tiny Grey-Garcia, Jess Clarke, R.J Lozada, Dorothy Kidd, Erika Myszynski, Karl Jagbanhandsingh, Taizet Hernandez and many others.



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