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How programmers, journalists and immigrant rights advocates are redefining hacking—for immigrant justice.

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In her book Captive Audience, Susan Crawford shows how media giants exert a stranglehold over consumers and government.

The mainstream media is falling victim to a cult of balance—and it's time for progressives to fight back by more effectively leveraging their message. 

Peter Van Buren is a State Department employee—who might get fired for disseminating public information about WikiLeaks online.

Melissa Harris-Perry argues that social media platforms offer a voice to segments of the American population that might not have had one before.

Fox News regularly peddles misinformation and openly supports Republican candidates while pretending to be “fair and balanced.” It’s time to start asking some tough questions.

The state still controls the media in post-revolution Egypt, but an independent press is emerging.

The Comcast/NBC Universal merger has wide implications for all citizens.

Faced with the cynical coverage of the mainstream media, what can ordinary Americans do to work toward an alternative that more accurately reflects the problems facing our country today?

WikiLeaks is not the one-off creation of a solitary genius, and with or without Julian Assange, it is not going away.


The NCMR meshes the seriousness of policy sessions, the vitality of grassroots activism and  performances by great artists into a coherent whole. 

March 22, 2011

Arianna Huffington says HuffPo won't change. Perhaps. But her challenge now is to do what big media aren't very good at: create journalism sufficient to the demands of democracy.

February 7, 2011

Now will Obama actively encourage cable networks to end Bush administration–inspired censorship of the network?

January 31, 2011

The FCC's vote to approve Comcast's proposed acquisition of a majority stake in NBC Universal represents the ultimate surrender to the demands of corporate America.

January 18, 2011

New protocols seek to identify potential whistleblowers and to monitor all contacts with journalists. What happens to the public's right to know?

January 6, 2011

Despite the president's peomise to protect a free and open Internet, his FCC chair has engineered a Net Neutrality rule change that gives telecommunications corporations openings to establish separate-and-unequal access based on who can pay and who cannot.

December 31, 2010

"The overarching consideration should be the freedom to publish in a democratic society—including the freedom to publish material that a particular government would prefer be kept secret," declares a letter organized by the media watchdog group FAIR.

December 14, 2010

While too many leading American journalists and most politicians cower, Michael Moore steps up to say: "WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period."

December 14, 2010

Students at Columbia and Penn are unfazed by warnings to not discuss or link to WikiLeaks on social networking sites.

December 14, 2010

If it is wrong for an on-air personality like Sean Hannity or Keith Olbermann to make campaign contributions, who isn't it wrong for the corporation that employs the personality and decides what goes on air to make campaign contributions?

November 7, 2010