As a platform that enables the human rights of free expression and assembly, the internet faces increasing repression from both government and corporate actors. Information controls, digital surveillance, and online censorship threaten access to information, organization and human connection, worldwide. Combating these encroachments has become critical to expanding and defending essential rights and social justice […]
When Mary Stansell had a stroke in 2005, her local hospital was unequipped to treat stroke victims. Neurologists or stroke specialists are necessary to quickly evaluate risks and opportunities for the administration of new anti-clotting medication such as tPA, shown in some cases to be highly effective in preventing stroke-induced paralysis. Fortunately, Mary Stansell’s hospital […]
Wendy Carillo was a major advocate for GOTV efforts throughout 2008. “I was excited to see young Latinos register and go vote for the very first time,” she said. We motivated people as young as 18 to register online through Voto Latino, the nonpartisan voter-registration group. Their informative text messages and reminders were awesome. Young […]
On November 4, 2008, a voter in Atlanta, Georgia used his cell phone to send a brief but important text message about what he was experiencing at his polling place: It took over three hours and it wasn’t pleasant #machine #registration. Meanwhile, a voter in Columbia, South Carolina, known as User 29203, was texting a […]
For the last decade, 40-year old Anthony Celestine has owned a small Jani-King commercial cleaning franchise. Without knowing it, one of the best business decisions he ever made was moving from his Brooklyn apartment to Harlem. As part of his rental agreement, Mr. Celestine got a PC and high-speed Web connection. Now he uses the […]
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, TX, brings awareness to women’s contributions and issues with its annual International Woman’s Day march.
The Rapid Response Fund allows MDF to address threats and opportunities that can’t wait for the annual grant cycle
Media Democracy Action Fund is MDF’s public interest lobbying affiliate
MDF’s global initiatives enhance the participation of underrepresented people and regions in the internet governance process.
The Privacy & Surveillance Fund supports work to combat oppressive overreach in corporate and government surveillance