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30 Groups Object To Chevron Humanitarian Nomination
EarthRights International and Amazon Watch
Update 12/9 Chevron did not win. Coke did.

Proposed FCC Expansion of Curbs on Prison Phone Call Charges
National Coalition on Prison Phone Justice
November 27th, 2014
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission proposed several additional new regulations to protect the families of incarcerated people from the predatory prison telephone industry.

New WAM Initiative on Gender Harassment on Twitter
November 22nd, 2014
Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) has a collaboration with Twitter, aiming to cut down on the harassment of women on the popular social media platform.vWAM! is running a pilot project to support all Twitter users experiencingvharassment and abuse on the platform due to their gender. Users are invited to use thisvsimple form to report it : https://womenactionmedia.wufoo.com/forms/wamtwitterharassmentreportingtool/. WAM! will escalate validated reports to Twitter and track Twitter’s responses to different kinds of gendered harassment. At the end of the pilot test period, WAM! will analyzethe data collected and use it to work with Twitter to better understand how gendered harassment functions on their platform, and to improve their responses to it.

MA Joins 17 Advocacy Orgs in Chevron RICO Amicus Brief
July 14th, 2014
MA joins 17 advocacy organizations in an amicus brief in the Chevron - Amazon Watch RICO case.

Facebook Study a Rare Public Reminder of Corporate Big Data’s Unaccountable Power
by Erica PortnoyEqual Future
July 8th, 2014
For one week in January 2012, a Facebook data scientist (collaborating with a psychology professor) strategically altered the Facebook News Feed content of 689,003 users.

Bill To Rescue Public Access TV Passed in Sacramento
by Gary MartinAccess Sacramento
June 27th, 2014
Update 6-20-2014 Asembly Joint Resolution 39 was passed by the California legislature.

Occupy Google Protestors Arrested After One Night
Fight for the Future
June 25th, 2014
After a one night occupation, Google arrested 10 Occupy Oakland protestors who set up a tiny tent city at the corporate headquarters in Mountain View.

Keep Broadcast Access Affordable
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
May 8th, 2014
This brief statement was submitted by MA to the House Judiciary Committee asking for full broadcast access on the lowest-priced cable system tiers.

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.

Shame on Feinstein: CA Senator Responds To The Campaign
March 7th, 2014
Update 3/7/2014: Senator Dianne Feinstein finally responded to the Bay Area-wide Shame on Feinstein campaign.

2014 Hate Crimes Reporting Act Introduced by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
by Michael ScuratoNational Hispanic Media Coalition
NY congressperson Hakeem Jeffries has introduced the 2014 Hate Crimes Reporting Act to collect data on the role of broadcasters and telecommunications in hate crimes.

Federal Court Strikes Down Partial New Neutrality Rules
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
January 14th, 2014
A DC Appeals Court has struck down the partial network neutrality rules implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the court case Verizon vs FCC.

Google Pays $17 Million Fine for Privacy Violations
by Attorney General of Maryland
The Attorney General alleged that Google’s circumvention of the default privacy settings in Safari for blocking third-party cookies violated state consumer protection and related computer privacy laws. The states claimed that Google failed to inform Safari users that it was circumventing their privacy settings and that Google’s earlier representation that third-party cookies were blocked for Safari users was misleading.

Verizon's Version of Freedom of Information: 300 Blacked-Out Pages
by Elise AckermanForbes
November 1st, 2013
Verizon responded to a NY consumer Freedom of Information Act request with 300 Blacked-out Pages on Voice Link Deployments

Groups Ask FTC to Look Facebook’s Proposed Privacy Changes And Impact On Teens
by Joy SpencerCenter for Digital Democracy
September 18th, 2013
Over 20 public health, media, youth, and consumer advocacy groups sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today objecting to Facebook’s recent proposed changes to its privacy policy. The groups raised concerns about the potential negative impact of these changes on teens.

May 2012 NSA Audit
by National Security AgencyWashington Post
August 19th, 2013
Here is the May 2012 NSA audit documenting 2,776 violations of the blanket surveillance regulatory codes in one year.

Daniel Ellsberg at Restore The Fourth - San Francisco
August 7th, 2013
Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was one of the featured speakers at the August 4th anti-spying protest.

FCC Votes on 8/9 to Cap Interstate Prison Phone Call Rates to .25/minute
by Gregg McDonaldFairfax Times
August 5th, 2013
Update: On August 9th, the FCC voted (2-1) to cap interstate prison phone rates to .25 minute.

Verizon Abandons Fire Island: Not Yet Says The FCC
Update 8-19: The FCC rejected Verizon's "fast track" request to not rebuild phone lines on Fire Island and forcibly transition residents to Voice-Link "wireless-only" service.

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