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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]