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 […]
The entire MDF team had the pleasure of attending the launch of NetGain, a major philanthropic partnership to strengthen digital society.
MDF is thrilled to present our brand new website, which will serve as a hub of information about media and technology for funders, and keep the world updated on our activities. We would like to thank our tremendously talented designer and developer team, Tristan Free and Laimah Osman, for their tireless work to make our […]
When Mary Stansell had a stroke in 2005, her local hospital was unequipped to treat stroke victims. Neurologists or stroke specialists are necessary to quickly evaluate risks and opportunities for the administration of new anti-clotting medication such as tPA, shown in some cases to be highly effective in preventing stroke-induced paralysis. Fortunately, Mary Stansell’s hospital […]
Wendy Carillo was a major advocate for GOTV efforts throughout 2008. “I was excited to see young Latinos register and go vote for the very first time,” she said. We motivated people as young as 18 to register online through Voto Latino, the nonpartisan voter-registration group. Their informative text messages and reminders were awesome. Young […]
On November 4, 2008, a voter in Atlanta, Georgia used his cell phone to send a brief but important text message about what he was experiencing at his polling place: It took over three hours and it wasn’t pleasant #machine #registration. Meanwhile, a voter in Columbia, South Carolina, known as User 29203, was texting a […]
For the last decade, 40-year old Anthony Celestine has owned a small Jani-King commercial cleaning franchise. Without knowing it, one of the best business decisions he ever made was moving from his Brooklyn apartment to Harlem. As part of his rental agreement, Mr. Celestine got a PC and high-speed Web connection. Now he uses the […]
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, TX, brings awareness to women’s contributions and issues with its annual International Woman’s Day march.