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!
Digital surveillance and censorship threaten freedom of expression, access to information and human rights, world-wide. The Internet Freedom Festival is the largest and most diverse gathering of technologists, developers, policy experts and activists working to address these threats. IFF 2016 is centered around eight tracks, representing the leading topics of interest to the community. Media […]
Last week, the full City Council of Philadelphia overwhelmingly passed a 15-year cable franchise agreement with one of its most powerful residents: Comcast. Under the new agreement, Comcast will provide the city with 5 percent of its gross revenues from Philadelphia cable service – the maximum amount permitted under federal law – plus an additional […]
Net neutrality had its day in court on Friday, as open internet advocates defended the FCC’s new rules during oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The FCC is being sued by Internet Service Providers, who wish to be able to block and throttle online communication based on its content. MDF […]
In a major step forward for prison phone justice, the FCC has voted to approve strong new protections for inmates and their families who have been subjected to exorbitant rates for calls to and from home. The vote itself was an emotional event, as testimony from affected family members and a heartfelt speech by FCC […]
MDF Founding Director Helen Brunner was honored alongside Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at the 2015 IP3 Awards. In his remarks, Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman praised Helen’s longtime support for the work of advocates for diversity and inclusion in media and the internet.
In partnership with the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations, MDF is pleased to announce the awards for Quantified Society: Examining the Consequences of Algorithmic Decision Making for Open Societies. After a rigorous selection process that sought input from a wide range of experts, final grants totaling more than $270,000 will be distributed to […]
Our field has already chalked up a series of amazing wins in 2015. The FCC’s decision to create strong net neutrality rules and strike down two state-level restrictions on municipal broadband networks each represent the culmination of years of work and inspiring campaigns by a network of MDF grantees, their allies, and the general public. But the American media […]
This is a time for celebration. The FCC’s February 26th vote to enact strong, new open internet rules represents the culmination of at least 13 years of hard work, and one of the most significant and unadulterated public interest policy victories in decades – in any field. What did we just win? Net neutrality is a foundational principle […]