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 […]
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!
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 […]
The entire MDF team had the pleasure of attending the launch of NetGain, a major philanthropic partnership to strengthen digital society.
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.
The Rapid Response Fund allows MDF to address threats and opportunities that can’t wait for the annual grant cycle