Civic Engagement

Geoffrey Fowler: Facebook Wants to Help You Be a Better Citizen

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Facebook wants to get us more politically active in the real world. Facebook has rolled out a nonpartisan civic engagement service in the US called Town Hall.

Fight for the Future Promises Billboard Attacks Against Lawmakers Voting to Repeal Internet Privacy Rules

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fight for the Future is promising to put up billboards attacking lawmakers who vote in favor of a bill that would dismantle privacy protections for internet users.

Demand Progress Seeks Funds for Pro-Privacy Rules Push

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Demand Progress is asking for contributions for a "grassroots" push to fight Republicans' effort to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules.

Tens of Thousands Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Get Serious About the Digital Divide, Stop Restricting Lifeline Services

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 23, a coalition of digital rights advocates, racial justice groups and grassroots activists called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to make a more genuine effort to provide affordable internet access for low-income communities.

Supporters Rallied Against Senate Broadband Privacy Regulation Rollback

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Warning that Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations as early as March 23, Public Knowledge is trying to get supporters of the regulations to ask their Congresional members to push back.

Opposition and a Shave: Former Obama Aides Counter President Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The cultural-political revolution of the Nixon era was neither televised nor sponsored. The Trump era’s #Resistance is flipping all of that on its head.

How To Fight for Your Rights and Privacy Online

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The future looks grim for digital privacy and the open Internet in the United States. Here are six ways you can get involved.

The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

These days, even a labor strike can be corporatized and repurposed as public relations. The typical refrain from brands that take on a cause is that they are “using their platform” to “raise awareness” about an issue. But the internet has complicated the transaction.

The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president. From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around the world to the mass protests against the Muslim ban and immigration raids, people are resisting the neo-fascist agenda President Trump is unleashing on our nation. A primary reason why millions have been able to mobilize so quickly is because they have the ability to use the open internet to communicate to the masses and organize a resistance. That’s why protecting the Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet open is more critical than ever.

If Trump really wants to unify American culture, he should fund public broadcasting

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
3

I care deeply about cultural literacy, the idea that we should all have access to a shared set of core concepts that will not only make it easier for children to learn to read and write, but that will give Americans at least some common language and ideas we can use to understand each other across our differences.

Facebook’s Town Hall feature helps you find and contact your local government officials

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook's mobile app has added Town Hall to help you find your local government representatives on local, federal, and state levels. The feature fits in with CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto published in Feb, where he called for a focus on using Facebook to build a more civically engaged community.

Activism in the Era of Social Media Surveillance

Mar 13 2017 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location:
Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX, 78701, United States

Police across the country have been secretly piggybacking on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to surveil protesters, particularly activists of color. In late 2016, the ACLU of California discovered secretive data deals that made this monitoring possible and pushed them into the light, leading the platforms to sever ties with a set of surveillance companies. But much more needs to be done to make sure social media remains a tool for social movements and not a platform for digital surveillance by governments. Join experts to find out what’s happening and learn what communities are doing to stop discriminatory surveillance and safeguard civil rights and civil liberties.

Can Technology Save Democracy?

Location:
usa, United States
Recommendation:
3

Flux’s app is one of a handful of new platforms that aim to use technology to let people participate directly in politics, at scale. All are premised on the fact that–around the world–representative democracy isn’t working well. But technology could potentially help end corruption and lobbying, allow people to delegate votes to trusted friends rather than politicians, and empower experts in a field to meaningfully impact policy.

Protecting the public interest, not the special interest, at the FCC

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Congressional oversight and a necessary Federal Communications Commission reauthorization can assist to right the balance and ensure that the FCC focuses on the public interest.

Democracy, Disrupted

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Uris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the forces of reaction outpace movements predicated on the ideal of progress, and as traditional norms of political competition are tossed aside, it’s clear that the internet and social media have succeeded in doing what many feared and some hoped they would. They have disrupted and destroyed institutional constraints on what can be said, when and where it can be said and who can say it.

Protesters Gather to Support the Press, From Fox News to The New York Times

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

On the morning of Feb 26, the time when many engage in the weekend ritual of reading the news over coffee, a large crowd converged outside The New York Times’s Manhattan headquarters on Eighth Avenue to defend the country’s press.

Assailing the White House From Hollywood’s Glass House

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Given the cultural and political rifts that have followed President Trump’s election, and the aggressive way in which President Trump has pursued his agenda, it was natural that some would want to use their international Oscar platforms to make big statements about free speech, diversity and cherished American values. But they were treading on tricky terrain.

Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” From Virginia to Washington state, legislators have introduced bills that would increase punishments for blocking highways, ban the use of masks during protests, indemnify drivers who strike protesters with their cars and, in at least once case, seize the assets of people involved in protests that later turn violent.

A Bot That Identifies 'Toxic' Comments Online

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For those outlets who can’t hire 14 full-time moderators to comb through roughly 11,000 comments a day, help is on the way. Jigsaw, the Google-owned technology incubator, released a tool that uses machine-learning algorithms to separate out the worst comments that people leave online.

Nearly 200,000 People Urge the FCC to Protect Network Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On Valentine’s Day, tens of thousands of Free Press members sent out love letters to the open internet that described why they need network neutrality. On Feb 23 we delivered these messages to the Federal Communications Commission.

Here’s how to defend network neutrality

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Network neutrality is under threat, but you can do something to defend it. Activists working on the issue have numerous suggestions. So how exactly can you make your voice heard?

Left finds new online tools to fight Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Liberal groups are turning to new technology to help organize their fight against President Trump's administration. Activists are no strangers to harnessing technology and social media to promote their cause, but organizers say a new generation of tools is helping them build larger movements and sustain their protests.

Facebook is playing an increasingly important role in activism

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

It's clear that Facebook played a big role in mobilizing people to participate in the global Women's March in Jan.

Internet Association rolls out new political fundraising tool

Location:
Internet Association, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Internet Association, a trade group representing internet giants including Facebook and Google, is launching a new online political fundraising platform. The program will allow people to ask candidates selected by the group questions and donate money to the association's political action committee to help that candidate.

Will The Internet Set Us Free?

Feb 23 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Casa Lamm Cultural Center, Álvaro Obregón 99, Mexico City , 06700, Mexico

Technology will continue to alter the balance of power between individuals and the state in ways we cannot yet predict. Come consider how we might best protect individual freedoms in a more connected world.

Net Neutrality Is FCC's Third Busiest Docket

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

To establish a baseline for a promised flood of network neutrality comments to the Federal Communications Commission, as of Feb 9, the proceeding was listed as the third most active proceeding in terms of comments with 178 comments in the past 30 days.

The Internet just helped a staggering number of people engage with their government

Recommendation:
2

Only rarely is the Web recognized for helping advance the cause of civic education and government transparency. But for a little over an hour on Feb 7, it did an amazing thing.

Silicon Valley leaders organizing against President Trump

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A collection of Silicon Valley executives, engineers and activists are quietly plotting a progressive counterattack against President Donald Trump, a sign of the industry's growing anger at his election victory and actions on immigration.

Innovation Fund Open Call: Resist and Rebuild

Location:
New Media Ventures, 901 Mission St Impact Hub, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

We are excited to announce the 6th Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund!

Conway: Media ‘emboldened’ Berkeley protesters

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Kellyanne Conway said that violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley, are the latest example of unrest partially fueled by the media.

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