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EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Artists, Cell Phone Jailbreakers, and Unlockers

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.

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Policy Update: MAG-Net FCC Filings

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.

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MAG-Net Member Joins National Day of Action Against SB1070

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.

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The Latino Digital Divide: The Native Born versus The Foreign Born

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.

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Digital Redwoods – Cultivating a Sustainable Media Ecosystem

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)

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Reclaiming Stories at the USSF 2010

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.