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 […]
The entire MDF team had the pleasure of attending the launch of NetGain, a major philanthropic partnership to strengthen digital society.
Media Democracy Fund created the Open Internet Defense Fund to support organizations leading the campaign to restore and preserve ‘net neutrality.’
In addition to open educational resources, the availability and popularity of distance learning in K-12 education have also taken off in recent years.
We must work to fix the massive structural issues that have allowed big money to distort our political landscape. But in the meantime, we also need to find ways to…
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has published an article by MDF director Helen Brunner: Excerpt: How has the Internet changed grant making? Most grant makers start to answer that question by describing online grant reporting or their foundation’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Others detail their support of their grantee’s innovative online efforts such as a new […]