Civic Engagement

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.

The Alt-Majority: How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

We’re witnessing the stirrings of a national popular movement aimed at defeating the policies of President Donald Trump.

The tools we build in Silicon Valley represent the best hope for fixing our democracy

Location:
Brigade, 524 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Never before have people been able to self-organize and multiply for offline action almost instantly and with such little financial cost and planning effort. This awesome power — facilitated by free, ubiquitous and mobile tools for many-to-many communication — creates new possibilities for the grassroots to drive electoral and legislative outcomes, whether by rejecting establishment candidates or bringing people out into the streets to protest government action.

It takes more than social media to make a social movement

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Trump may have used the power of social media to make his way into the White House, but now social media networks are showing that muscle can work for his opposition, too.

The White House is directing the public’s phone calls to a Facebook service it’s not using

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

At some point during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations, the White House comments phone line, 202-456-1111, was shut down.

Thousands of people are using bots to track the Trump administration

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Tens of thousands of people are signing up for automated alerts on what is usually a dull affair: the intricate mechanics of government. IFTTT—”If this then that”—is a platform that lets non-programmers create and customize internet services, for example, automatically tweeting “Happy New Year!” every Jan 1.

Tech workers aren't known for political activism. But that may be changing

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Donald Trump’s presidential victory sent a shock wave through the socially liberal but generally politically detached tech industry, catalyzing something of an awakening in Silicon Valley.

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No Time To Waste

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Word on the street is that the Trump Federal Communications Commission transition team has submitted its report to Administration higher-ups and that it has been largely or wholly accepted. What we know of its recommendations, which have not and may never be released as such, makes for awful news. It sounds like an always-on green light for more mergers and acquisitions than ever and for such a deregulatory approach that our media and telecommunications conglomerates will be encouraged to build out monopoly markets across the land. That means one-sixth of our economy will lack meaningful oversight to protect the common good, a.k.a. the public interest.

Don't Let Trump Kill Public Media

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Trump Administration is pushing a plan to axe funding to hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations around the country. After coming out of an election where fake news was rampant and cable-news networks refused to call out racism, the last thing we need is an attack on public broadcasting.

How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

If you're a peaceful protester, but you don't necessarily want your participation in a demonstration to follow you around or lead to harassment online, what sort of steps can you take around your digital security?

President-elect Trump stirs apolitical Silicon Valley

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Silicon Valley has long been an apolitical bastion of brainy engineers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists more concerned about the next hot social media startup than what's happening in Washington.

New year, new impact resolutions

Location:
Media Impact Funders, 200 West Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, United States
Recommendation:
3

Inauguration day is just around the corner, and many funders and journalists are increasingly concerned about the role media play in a free and democratic society.

Can Tech Make Democracy Great Again?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Whatever you make of the outcome, the 2016 elections sucked many of us into a social media black hole that hasn’t left us much wiser or more empowered. So I’ve been hunting for nonpartisan online tools that actually help keep politicians of all stripes accountable.

Five Years Later, SOPA and PIPA Serve as a Warning to the Trump Administration

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

Five years ago today, millions of people came together to shock Washington into action on behalf of the public. Jan 18, 2012 was a day of mass protests against legislation that would have undermined the free and open exchange of information online.

What's the Return on Investment on Local Broadband?

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hard data enables Louisville (KY) residents to know their broadband speeds and it's also proving beneficial to the city, which is looking to kick off new connectivity projects.

Local Activism Is the Best Way to Preserve Net Neutrality

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

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan 20, take a moment to remember the height of the network neutrality battles of 2014 and 2015. Remember the letter writing campaigns, the comments filed to the Federal Communications Commission (some of them handwritten), remember John Oliver’s rant.

Confronting The Challenge Of A New Technological Era Is An American Tradition

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

Confronting the challenge of a new technological era is an American tradition. Whether we are as successful at handling our revolution as those who preceded us will be the test of our generation. Dealing with change is not a retreat to what America was but the full-throated embrace of the opportunities created for new ideas directed at the new realities.

2016: A Bad Year for Democracy, but "Best Ever" for Big Media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

As we enter 2017 with a frightening new president-elect, American pundits have been discussing, with some urgency, various flaws in American democracy. But while pundits on cable news outlets argue about these issues, media executives who sign their paychecks are positively elated about the 2016 election, which thanks to $2.4 billion in political ad spending and record ratings, was great for Big Media's bottom line.

New Lenses on the First Social Media Presidency

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

At the end of October, we shared our plans for preserving and passing on the digital history of the Obama administration, and invited the American people to “come up with creative ways to archive this content and make it both useful and available for years to come.”

Hundreds of Customers Complained to the FCC That AT&T Switched Their Data Plans

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

Back in November 2016, Consumer Reports announced the results of a survey that didn’t feel like news at all: People really hate their cell phone carriers.

Democratic lawmakers, civil libertarians blast fines for live-streaming on House floor

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Civil libertarians are blasting new rules from House Republicans that would impose fines on lawmakers who take pictures or live-stream video on the House floor.

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