In information policy, net neutrality, open access, telecommunications reform on April 16, 2009 at 9:10 am
The Internet for Everyone Coalition is asking for public input on the importance of universal Internet access. The brief survey asks for public recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission and the Obama Administration.
Free Press explains: “President Obama and Congress have tasked the FCC with developing a national broadband plan by the end of 2009. We want to be sure Washington is committed to finding people-powered solutions to bridge America’s digital divide… By taking the survey, you’re ensuring that people outside of the beltway have a say in America’s national broadband plan. Your top recommendations from the survey will help determine our next steps as Free Press and the InternetforEveryone.org coalition work to shape better Internet policy.”
Take the survey here.
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In free press, indy media, information access, intellectual freedom on November 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm
Check out this article on the role of nonprofit media in keeping investigative journalism alive. Particularly interesting are ProPublica and the New Haven Independent. Sadly, “citizen journalism” of the type we see on IndyMedia (even Alternet) is mistakenly dismissed. Still, there’s food for thought here. As librarians, non-corporate outlets provide critical information alternatives along with collection challenges since many subscription news aggregators and archives don’t include such content in news feeds. It’s worth considering how we make such sites accessible to the public through pathfinders and custom RSS.
Websites that dig for news rise as watchdogs
New York Times,
[excerpt] As America’s newspapers shrink and shed staff, and broadcast news outlets sink in the ratings, a new kind of Web-based news operation has arisen in several cities, forcing the papers to follow the stories they uncover. …. But some experts question whether a large part of the news business can survive on what is essentially charity, and whether it is wise to lean too heavily on the whims of a few moneyed benefactors.