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Net Neutrality, Accessibility, and the Disability Community

This morning, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai revealed his proposal to repeal Net Neutrality rules. It’s bad. Pai’s priorities are clear: he wants to wield control to powerful telecom companies at the expense of everyday people like you, me and Alice Wong, author of today’s blog. Wong is founder of the Disability Visibility Project, co-partner in Read more

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Wake Up Call: FCC Plans to Repeal Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released an official statement outlining his intent to repeal Net Neutrality this December. In his statement, Pai reveals his plan for a full repeal of Net Neutrality which removes the protections that prevent Internet Service Providers from discriminating against the websites their users can access. Although this news is disheartening, we Read more

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RSVP for Abolition in the Digital Age

Join us for our next MAG-Net Media Justice Salon on prison abolition: Abolition in the Digital Age on November 29 at 3 pm EST! Abolition began as a movement to end the institution of chattel slavery and liberate indigenous land. Although abolitionists achieved what were once unimaginable victories, the movement continues today in the fight Read more

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100+ Technology Experts, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Groups to DHS: Automated “Extreme Vetting” Would be Inaccurate, Threat to Constitutional Rights

Today, in two separate letters, a coalition of over 50 civil society organizations – advocates for civil rights, civil liberties, government accountability, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and privacy – and a group of more than 50 experts in computer science, engineering, math, and automated decision-making urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to immediately halt a new “Extreme Read more

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Tell IBM’s CEO: Don’t Help Trump Deport Immigrants

When Donald Trump promised to put refugees through a higher degree of “extreme vetting” as part of his Muslim Ban, it wasn’t just a figure of speech. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are planning to create actual tools that will make it easier to discriminate against and deport immigrants – and they’re recruiting tech companies Read more

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Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners, Artists and Advocates Sound Alarm That Net Neutrality Repeal May Harm Civil Rights

Contact: [email protected] November 1, 2017, WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition hosted a critical conversation between policymakers and community leaders on why the fight for civil rights in the 21st century includes Net Neutrality rules. Introductory remarks were given by Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Ro Khanna, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Read more

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Appalshop and Center for Media Justice’s Malkia Cyril named as YBCA 100 Honorees

We’re excited to announce that MAG-Net member, Appalshop, and Center for Media Justice executive director, Malkia Cyril, have been chosen as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 100 honorees! The YBCA 100 is an annual selection of the 100 people, organizations, and movements that inspire this innovative arts institution the most. It celebrates the Read more

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We say black lives matter. The FBI says that makes us a security threat.

Did you know that, this past summer, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division authored a report designating a new group of terrorists: “Black Identity Extremists”? It labels black activists seeking justice as threats to national security. Our executive director, Malkia Cyril, and Shanelle Matthews, director of communications for Black Lives Matter, wrote a powerful Op-Ed in the Read more

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ACLU AND CMJ DEMAND FBI RECORDS ON SURVEILLANCE OF BLACK ACTIVISTS

FRESH CONCERNS PROMPTED BY LEAKED FBI DOCUMENT FOCUSING ON NEWLY CREATED CATEGORY CALLED ‘BLACK IDENTITY EXTREMISTS’ October 18, 2017 NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Media Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request today asking the FBI to turn over documents related to surveillance of Black people on Read more

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Get the Shackles Off Our Children!

Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown brought some relief to those caught up in the juvenile legal system and their families by signing a number of bills into law. One of these, SB 190,  will bring an end to charges for electronic monitoring (EM). Electronic monitoring of juveniles has expanded in recent years, especially in low Read more