CLBR # 172: The Battle Over Net Neutrality with Free Press’ Timothy Karr
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President and CEO, Free Press
Over the past years, we have had many discussions about Net Neutrality with both proponents and opponents. One of the leading proponents for Net Neutrality has been Free Press and last February we spoke with Free Press’ Timothy Karr following the DC Circuit’s opinion invalidating the last FCC Net Neutrality order. See Whats Next For Net Neutrality? What does the DC Circuit Court Opinion Mean Going Forward? Play in new window |Download
With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote tomorrow on a new net neutrality proposal, we will talk with Free Press’ CEO about this very important issue.
Craig has led Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund since 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country about media activism and the future of journalism and the Internet. Craig is quoted often in the national press on media and technology issues and is a frequent guest on TV and the radio. His commentaries appear regularly in The Huffington Post, and he has written for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Hill, MSNBC, Politico, The Progressive, the Seattle Times, Slate and many others. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and the managing editor of In These Times magazine. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
See more detailed blog post for further background on Net Neutrality and Free Press.
NSA Issues “Convincing Denial” to Report It Installed Spyware on Hard Drives
Responding to reports that the NSA had installed spyware on the hard drives of Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, IBM, Micron, Samsung and other drive makers as well as SIM cards, NSA Chief Admiral Michael Rogers responded:
Clearly I’m not going to get into the specifics of allegations. But the point I would make is, we fully comply with the law I am not going to chase every allegation out there. I don’t have time.
There you have it, a clear, concise NSA statement saying “trust me”.
Of course, the NSA had to be thrilled when the Oscar for best documentary went to . . .
National Association for the Deaf Sues Harvard/MIT Over Online Courses
The National Association for the Deaf (NAD) filed a lawsuit against Harvard and MIT yesterday, saying the two universities are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because they don’t properly caption their online course offerings.
This comes as the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing rules clarifying its position that the Americans with Disabilities Act extends to public websites and can require certain accommodations for the blind. In 2008, the National Federation for the Blind won a landmark settlement of a class action suit against Target in which target agreed to make changes to its websites so it was more accessible to the visually impaired.
Since then the Justice Department has entered into settlements with H&R Block and online grocery service Peapod and intervened in private litigation on behalf of a plaintiff who sued clothing store Lucky Brand for failing to provide blind-accessible point-of-sale devices at its stores.
Revenge Porn Operators – Guilty and Not Forgotten
Commemorations: Feb 28
On February 28, 1801, President John Adams signed the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 that placed the District of Columbia under the jurisdiction of Congress. At that time, Washington, D.C. was a city of 3,200 people, but the District of Columbia included Georgetown and Alexandria, Virginia and combined the city had a population of nearly 11,000 which made it the 6th largest city in the United States. The Organic Act made those citizens “stateless” and Washington residents: