Civic Engagement

Curbing 'clicktivism' at the Federal Communications Commission

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

If you want to file something in an official record and meaningfully participate in the regulatory process, then perhaps a few guidelines should apply.

FCC Chairman Pai Remarks at Future of Speech Online Symposium

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Today, when we talk about universal service, we have in mind bringing high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” to any American who wants it. Broadband is important for many reasons: it can help you get a job, start a company, get health care, educate your kids, and the like.

Washington DC braces for net neutrality protests later this month

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Network neutrality advocates are planning two days of protest in Washington DC in Sept as they fight off plans to defang regulations meant to protect an open internet.

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Tapping Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement

City leaders often struggle to engage citizens in the civic arena. How can we encourage busy people with limited time to become active participants in the public process? How can municipalities hear from a wider range of constituents, particularly those who have not traditionally engaged? And how can technology be used to enhance and improve civic engagement?

Can you be prosecuted for repeated unwanted emails to government offices or officials?

Location:
USA, United States

Can calling government offices or officials to insult them — especially after being told to stop — be punished the way that calling a private individual to insult them might be?

DreamHost considers fighting order to cough up info on visitors of anti-Tump website

Location:
DreamHost, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Executives from a Los Angeles-based tech company said they are weighing whether to fight a judge's order to provide prosecutors with e-mail addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump website in the months leading to Inauguration Day.

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Gigabit Citizenship

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

What does gigabit civic engagement look like? The initial winners of the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award demonstrate not just what “could be” but what “is”. Civic engagement is about working to make a positive difference in the life of our communities. It is about developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means improving the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

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Gigabit Citizenship

What does gigabit civic engagement look like? The initial winners of the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award demonstrate not just what “could be” but what “is”. Civic engagement is about working to make a positive difference in the life of our communities. It is about developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means improving the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

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Five Lessons for Tech-Powered Civic Engagement: The Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award Playbook

Municipalities across the country are increasingly using technology to ensure government is accessible and responsive to citizens, while simultaneously creating forward-looking programs to increase internet access so more residents can experience the benefits of connectivity. These initiatives can be used to create civic technology programs, which draw on the power of technology to promote digital inclusion and civic engagement. The best civic-technology initiatives facilitate unprecedented levels of public involvement in community governance, narrow the digital divide, and improve communities. As a result, governance is more democratic and more individuals can enjoy the educational and economic benefits of internet access. Empowering citizens to make informed decisions and offer direction about who governs them – and how – is essential to improving our democracy.

FCC’s Broken Comments System Could Help Doom Network Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s public commenting process on network neutrality was such a debacle that the legitimacy of the entire body of comments is now in question. Many of the comments were filed with obviously bogus names.

The Internet of Hate

Location:
USA, United States

After Charlottesville, Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right have become a lot less welcome on the web. So they’re building their own.

FCC Bill Could Curtail Legitimate Complaints, Critics Say

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

An effort in Congress aimed at cutting down on repeat comments to the Federal Communications Commission’s consumer complaint database could end up limiting legitimate public input, lawmakers and allies say.

The Comment Period Is Over, But the Battle for Net Neutrality Ain't Done Yet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Facing strong public opposition to his net neutrality rollback, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai may punt the issue to Congress, which is actually what the nation's largest ISPs want. The broadband industry's real goal, according to many tech policy experts, is to move this battle to the Republican-led US Congress, where deep-pocketed ISPs can lobby to craft internet policy rules that favor themselves. If the ISPs are successful, look for a spirited net neutrality debate this fall featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). This fight is far from over.

The net neutrality comment period was a complete mess

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

After months of debate, protests, and disruptions, the Federal Communications Commission’s comment period on its proposal to kill network neutrality is now over. The commission stopped accepting comments closing out with nearly 22 million total replies — setting an immense new record. The FCC’s previous comment record was just 3.7 million, set during the last net neutrality proceeding. But the process of receiving all those comments was far from smooth this time around.

FCC “apology” shows anything can be posted to agency site using insecure API

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission's website already gets a lot of traffic—sometimes more than it can handle. But thanks to a weakness in the interface that the FCC published for citizens to file comments on proposed rule changes, there's a lot more interesting—and potentially malicious—content now flowing onto one FCC domain.

End the policy pingpong, cement net neutrality into law

Location:
CALinnovates.org, 548 Market St, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

According to a new survey, Americans overwhelmingly favor a permanent law over regulations that can be changed from administration to administration. Indeed, 74 percent of Americans said they would support net neutrality legislation that enabled them to use the internet free from government or corporate censorship, while creating rules that ensure a level playing field.

Poll shows consumers want Net Neutrality law

Location:
CALinnovates.org, 548 Market St, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

A new poll of U.S. consumers has found 74% supporting legislation that enshrines the principals of Network Neutrality. The poll suggests consumers are comfortable with Congress taking the issue out of the hands of the FCC and setting the policy in stone.

Aug 30 is deadline to comment on FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

After four months of debate, the Federal Communications Commission is nearly ready to stop accepting feedback on its proposal to kill network neutrality. Final comments are due Wednesday, August 30th, by end-of-day Eastern time.

Judge approves limited search warrant for data on anti-Trump protesters

Location:
Superior Court of District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A District of Columbia judge ruled that a Web host provider must provide the government with digital data from a website widely used to help organize protests against President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.

FCC Posts 1.5 Million Net Neutrality Comments Since Extending Deadline

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The pace of filings at in the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality comment docket, dubbed "Restoring Internet Freedom," by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, is showing no signs of slowing down, with still plenty of people (or bulk e-mail generators, some argue) still weighing in.

Justice Department walks back demand for information on anti-Trump website

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

After controversy over a broad search warrant that could have identified visitors to an anti-Trump website, the Justice Department says it’s scaling back a demand for information from hosting service DreamHost.

Speech in America is fast, cheap and out of control

Location:
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, 92697, United States

The rise of what we might call “cheap speech” has fundamentally altered both how we communicate and the nature of our politics, endangering the health of our democracy.

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

These platforms draw arbitrary boundaries constantly and with much less controversy — against spammers, concerning profanity or in response to government demands. These fringe groups saw an opportunity in the gap between the platforms’ strained public dedication to discourse stewardship and their actual existence as profit-driven entities, free to do as they please.

Boston ‘free speech’ rally ends early amid flood of counterprotesters; 27 people arrested

Location:
Boston, MA, United States

Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Aug 19 in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups.

Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States

For in this new civil rights era, voting rights for broad swaths of Americans — minorities, the young and the old — are again imperiled and under attack.

Why the ACLU is adjusting its approach to “free speech” after Charlottesville

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the city of Charlottesville (VA) to allow the Unite the Right rally to happen downtown. And now, it had happened, and blood had been spilled.

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Can Communications Unite Us? Lessons from Charlottesville

This week, a white supremacist terrorist killed counter-protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his initial response, the President of the United States condemned violence “on many sides.” Three days later, President Donald Trump spoke with reporters, again assigning “blame on both sides” in remarks that, according to the New York Times, “buoyed the white nationalist movement...as no president has done in generations.” Much has been written, and will be written, about the President’s choice of words, the timing of his remarks, and the effects all of this will have on our Republic. The incidents this past weekend will be an indelible, dark mark in our nation’s history. At Benton, we believe that communications policy -- rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity -- has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities to bridge our divides. These values are vital in a political climate swelling with hate and intolerance.

FCC Pledges Openness – Just Don’t Ask to See Complaints

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Shortly after Ajit Pai was named chair of the Federal Communications Commission in February, he said he wanted the agency to be “as open and accessible as possible to the American people." Six months on, the agency is falling short of Pai’s lofty goal in some key areas.

Tech-Powered Civic Engagement Playbook Launch

Sep 7 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Google (DC), 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, United States

Next Century Cities invites you to the official launch of our playbook: 5 Lessons for Tech-Powered Civic Engagement.

Online activist group Anonymous posts what it says are private contact details for 22 GOP Congressmen

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

AnonOps, a group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous, posted what it says are the private cell phone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in US political battles.

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