MDF encourages funders to participate in the 2017 Internet Freedom Festival. The largest and most diverse gathering of human rights technologists, digital security trainers, activists, communications professionals, designers, and journalists, the Internet Freedom Festival strives to promote collaborative development of new tools and practices to protect and advance civil society and human rights. Any funder with […]
The enormous wave of net neutrality comments that poured into the Federal Communications Commission represents one of the most extraordinary successes of the campaign. Over four million people took time out of their lives to write to a federal agency – more people than had ever commented on any issue being considered by the FCC. […]
Battles like net neutrality are only won when decision makers understand the real impact a policy will have on the lives of the people they serve. This video in MDF’s series about net neutrality tells the story of the campaign’s public education work, with a spotlight on the organizing effort that culminated in a statement […]
Building a coalition that’s strong enough and broad enough to achieve a major policy victory like net neutrality takes time, energy, and sustained investment in building effective collaborations. This video in MDF’s series on net neutrality tells the story of the organizing approach and coalition structure that mobilized support for the Federal Communications Commission’s vote […]
Net neutrality is the principle that all communication on the internet must be treated equally. An implicit ‘First Amendment’ for the internet since the inception of the world wide web, everyone from public interest advocates to businesses and government institutions relies on net neutrality for fair access to their audience. Without net neutrality rules, Internet […]
Over the last ten years, millions of people came together to protect the open internet. This is their story.
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In a major step toward closing the digital divide, the FCC voted yesterday to expand and modernize the Lifeline program to include subsidies for broadband access. Originally established to guarantee basic access to phone lines and emergency services, the Lifeline program will now provide a $9.25 home broadband subsidy that can be used on either wireless or […]
The Council on Foundations has announced that MDF Founding Director Helen Brunner will be the 2016 recipient of the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, intended to “honor an innovative grantmaker who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, makes a critical difference in a creative way.” In their press release, the […]
In honor of the field’s hard work, MDF is producing a series of videos about the net neutrality campaign, told in the words of the organizers, mobilizers, and policy experts who delivered the victory at the FCC in 2015. Stay tuned for the full release in April!