By Sharon Schmickle | Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 | www.MinnPost.com
Minnesota's schools are nowhere near the point of the old ditty, "No more pencils, no more books . . . ," but they increasingly turn to the Internet for everything from science testing to foreign language classes.
Rulemaking Fixes Critical DMCA Wrongs
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions today, carving out new legal protections for consumers who modify their cell phones and artists who remix videos — people who, until now, could have been sued for their non-infringing or fair use activities.
It’s been a busy July for MAG-Net, filing FCC comments related to our Mobile Justice and Broadband for the People Campaigns. Our comments build off our annual plan, and the Media Policy for Social Justice track that we created and led at the Allied Media Conference. Our goal was to use this track to kick off our campaigns, as well as develop closer working relationship with new partners--and we did! Since the start of July, MAG-Net has filed comments (and reply comments) on Bill Shock, Broadband Reclassification, and USF Low-Cost programs. Below you can find a short primer on our filings.
A few weeks ago I was sitting in the office of the New Sanctuary Movement NYC teaching some of their members how to use twitter and facebook to connect to the growing movement to counter Arizona's racist anti immigrant law SB1070 that went into affect yesterday July 29th, 2010. New Sanctuary Movement NYC along with Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, Black Institute, Churches United to Save & Heal, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving, VAMOS Unidos, American Friends Service Committee, Wind of the Spirit (NJ) organized a march over the Brooklyn Bridge to protest anti SB 1070 as part of a national day of action.
By Gretchen Livingston, Senior Researcher, Pew Hispanic Center
Technology use among foreign-born Latinos continues to lag significantly behind that of their U.S.-born counterparts. The nativity differences are especially pronounced when it comes to internet use. While 85% of native-born Latinos ages 16 and older go online, only about half (51%) of foreign-born Latinos do so. When it comes to cell phones, 80% of native-born Latinos use one, compared with 72% of the foreign born.
Listen to an interview that KPFA Radio's Apex Express did with MAG-Net's new coordinator, Betty Yu.
The show also features two songs created by MAG-Net members, "Regulators" and "Broadband in Yo' Face".
As old 'analog' media structures evolve or die off, there is a sense of urgency to understand the dynamics of our human communication systems so that we can nurture and create new 'digital' media solutions for future generations. The question remains: “how can new media inform our communities with essential information to sustain democracy for the future?” (see Key Links below)
On July 21st, CMJ and Consumers Union hosted a webinar on Universal Service Fund Reform. amalia deloney, Bob Williams and Joel Kelsey gave everyone a run down of the Universal Service Fund, broadband adoption and how it connects to other social justice issues. Learn more about the issue and see our recommendations below.
The full moon shined down on Detroit last night as the fourth day of workshops, panels, assemblies, and cultural events at the U.S. Social Forum wrapped up for a close. The days seem to have gone by fast, filled with an avalanche of information and inspiration to serve my work in New Mexico as a media justice organizer. I’m excited to take back the knowledge and continue to advance creative ways to advance the causes of media justice.