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Civil Rights, Big Data, and Our Algorithmic Future

Key decisions that shape people’s lives—decisions about jobs, healthcare, housing, education, criminal justice and other key areas—are, more and more often, being made automatically by computers. As a result, a growing number of important conversations about civil rights, which focus on how these decisions are made, are also becoming discussions about how computer systems work. Read more

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Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data

A diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations, media justice advocates, and good government groups publicly released a core set of Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data in February 2014. The Principles are intended to inform corporations, law enforcement, and state and federal policymakers about the critical impacts on civil rights Read more

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2014 Knowledge Exchange Report

2014 Knowledge Exchange Report from the Center for Media Justice & Consumers Union- Digital Discrimination: Big Data, Surveillance & Racial Justice. Participants grappled with the queston, what does it take to build a movement in the era of digital surveillance?

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Campaign Materials: Media Action Grassroots Network Fan

Anatomy of a media justice campaign. This action plan was developed by the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) as part of an on-going campaign for Universal Broadband in communities of color.

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Speaking for Ourselves: A Youth Assessment of Local News Coverage

Conducted by Bay Area high school students, this 2002 report examines coverage of youth on the local Fox affiliate, KTVU Channel 2. This report by CMJ (then the Youth Media Council) presents findings from a three-month study of trends in news coverage, and recommends steps journalists can take to improve reporting on youth and youth Read more

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Mobile Voices, Mobile Justice Fact Sheet: Cell Phones and the Digital Divide

Because communities of color and low-income groups are much more dependent on wireless networks and less likely to have access to wired broadband at home, it is extremely important for as many of the same rules as possible to apply to wireless and wired networks so that the already-too-large “digital divide” does not become even Read more