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New Report Examines Intersection of Big Data, Civil Rights

Friday, October 3, 2014

Big data can be a valuable tool in fighting inequality and societal problems, but there is also a “growing need to protect and strengthen key civil rights protections in the face of technological change,” as a new report, Civil Rights, Big Data, and Our Algorithmic Future, explains. The report, released by technology policy consulting firm … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Groups Speak Out on Privacy and Big Data Policy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A coalition of civil, human, and media rights groups today released ‘Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data,’ calling on the U.S. government and businesses to respect and promote equal opportunity and equal justice in their development and use of new technologies. “Technological progress should bring greater safety, economic opportunity, and convenience to … Read More

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Time Warner, CBS Fee Dispute Harming Consumers

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Television consumers who rely on Time Warner Cable in some parts of the country cannot watch programming produced by the CBS television network due to a corporate financial dispute. The impasse is largely over the amount of the fee that Time Warner must pay CBS to distribute its programming to its cable subscribers. CBS programming remains free … Read More

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Yes, the Lifeline Fund is Money Well Spent

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing posing the question whether the Lifeline program is “money well spent?”  The Lifeline Fund, which provides discounts on telephone phone service to low-income households, is designed to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable communications services. In light of the increasing importance of … Read More

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Advocates Warn that FCC Changes on Media Ownership Could Undermine Diversity

Friday, February 8, 2013

Civil rights advocates are warning that racial and gender disparities in media ownership could be exacerbated by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to relax the rule regulating conglomerate ownership of both newspaper and broadcast media outlets. The FCC has twice attempted to make changes to the 30-year-old rule. In its last attempt in 2007, … Read More

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