Civic Engagement

Facebook is in crisis mode. The teacher strikes show it can still serve a civic purpose.

If there’s ever a moment to capture the existential crisis at Facebook, it was these past couple of weeks.

Data rights are civic rights: a participatory framework for GDPR in the US?

[Commentary] While online rights are coming into question, it’s worth considering how those will overlap with offline rights and civic engagement.

Can’t Washington protect Americans from propaganda on social media?

The past two years have taught us that the United States needs a better handle on what social networks are doing to manipulate and prioritize information.

Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet

Reddit is made up of more than a million individual communities, or subreddits, some of which have three subscribers, some twenty million.

Five decades after Kerner Report, representation remains an issue in media

[Commentary] In February of 1968, President Lyndon B.

Inside the huge, low-profile alliance fighting to save the FCC’s net neutrality rules

Every week, a motley crew of tech wonks and legal experts meet in Washington to discuss the problem they've been grappling with for almost a year now: how to save the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

Senate Democrats Have a Plan to Save Net Neutrality

[Commentary] Senate Democrats are proposing to undo the FCC’s wrongheaded rule through a process set up by the Congressional Review Act. [O]ne more vote [is needed] to ensure the internet remains free and accessible to all.

Reddit, Tumblr, and Others will fight for net neutrality with protests Feb 27

Along with organizations Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press Action Fund, companies including Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, and Medium are participating in a day of online and offline protests on February 27th.

Facebook, Donald Trump, and the myth of open platforms

The aftermath of the 2016 election has been dominated by two questions. How did Donald Trump win? And did the Democratic Party tilt too much toward Hillary Clinton, choking Bernie Sanders’s candidacy and condemning America to a Trump presidency?

The White House has finally restored a petitions site that is critical of President Trump

In December 2017, the White House took down the popular “We the People” petitions website with the promise that it would be restored by “late January.” Now petitions.whitehouse.gov has relaunched.