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 […]
Media Democracy Fund manages two different programs that match technologists with social justice organizations: the Technology Exchange Matching Fund and the PhDX Fellowship program. Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Matching Fund Launched in 2015, the Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Matching Fund (TX) creates opportunities for emerging technology leaders around the world to gain experience working with civil society […]
MDF is pleased to announce that our first PhDX fellows have begun work at their organizations for the Summer 2017 session. Imani Sherman (pictured left) is a Human-Centered Computing doctoral student at the University of Florida in the Human Experience Research Lab. This summer, she is working for Free Press developing advocacy skills. Brianna B. […]
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.