Launch of "Black Voices for Internet Freedom"

Black Voices for Internet Freedom

 

Black and Latino communities are coming together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination. Because communities of color rely on the Internet and are increasingly embracing wireless technology, we are organizing to protect our online communication rights. These rights are currently at risk: FCC Net Neutrality rules provide few protections for wireless users — and a pending congressional resolution would overturn these rules and hand control of the Internet to corporations. What's more, the Department of Justice has acknowledged that AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile is a serious threat to wireless competition and would raise prices for consumers.


On September 23rd, OTI held a panel discussion that explored the potential impacts of these developments, mark the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom and celebrate the success of Latinos for Internet Freedom.

Black Voices for Internet Freedom and Latinos for Internet Freedom are coalitions of local, regional and national Black and Latino organizations and leaders coming together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination.
Participants

Welcome
Sascha Meinrath
Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation

Opening Remarks
Joseph Torres
Author, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media

Panelists
Amalia Deloney
Center for Media Justice
Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation

Jessica Gonzalez
National Hispanic Media Coalition

Rev. James Patterson
Partnership of African American Churches

Elandria Williams
Highlander Center

Moderator
Chancellar Williams
Free Press

For more information on this event, please clickhttp://www.newamerica.net/events/2011/black_voices_for_internet_freedom