The MAG-Net Blog

Oct 25, 2013
Media watchdog group Free Press’s recent infographic reveals how media corporations are using shell companies to evade the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ownership rules and gobble up local TV stations across the US. It’s another sobering reminder that we are facing some of the biggest threats to media democracy and free speech in our country’s...
Sep 30, 2013
Dear MAG-Net Community, Have you been concerned about how you and your community can stand up to egregious invasions of our privacy -- on our cell phones, internet services, and other vital tools we use to communicate? Read below and join a huge coalition organizing a powerful response to fight back.
Sep 12, 2013
More than 80 groups representing a coalition of public interest, civil rights, faith-based, media justice and community organizations sent a letter urging the House and Senate Commerce Committees to continue their support of the government’s Lifeline program, which subsidizes basic phone service for low-income individuals.
Sep 12, 2013
In the wake of ongoing surveillance revelations, the Media Action Grassroots Network joins hundreds of organizations from around the world that signed onto the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. With its endorsement, MAG-Net takes a stance towards halting practices that threaten communities of color and other vulnerable groups who are...
Sep 11, 2013
On September 9, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Verizon’s lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. The outcome of this case determines the future of the Internet and the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.
Sep 4, 2013
In 1995, People Link started as a project of the Institute for Mass Communication, hosting web sites, setting up email accounts and providing a forum for activists to communicate all across the country. Four years later, in 1999 May First Technology Collective began as a worker run collective providing technical support to nonprofits in New York City. The two came together in 2005 and from...
Aug 15, 2013
 "There is one number that simply haunts me—perhaps because I am a parent. Across the country, 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. That is 2.7 million children who do not know what it means to talk regularly with their mother or father." Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission On Friday, August 9th, 2013, the Federal Communications...
Aug 15, 2013
Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a framework that mandates just and reasonable telephone rates for the friends, family and counsel of inmates in state prisons and detention centers. The order provides immediate financial relief to the households of the 2.7 million children with a parent behind bars who struggled with the cost of communicating with them. Public Knowledge...
Jul 18, 2013
On Sunday, July 14th, New Yorkers gathered in Union Square to express their outrage for the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Although many were not surprised by the court's decision, the pain of another black life lost and the failure of the judicial system to bring justice still weighed heavy in many people's hearts.
Jul 16, 2013
Trayvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman is a free man. Trayvon could have been our president’s son, but also the son of any of our black and brown family and friends. George Zimmerman, too, could be our child, especially in a world where law and public opinion support his thinking and actions. These are the laws that support a system of structural racism, where the effect of our...