Stories by Jeffrey Chester

Jeffrey Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy ( subscribe to Jeffrey Chester's feed

Posted on: Mar 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A White House-backed bill would give the corporate elite control over how our data is used.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The firms doing the spinning for some of the financial meltdown's biggest players have good reason to be worried. Their crimes, after all, went largely unnoticed.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2008, Source:

Progressives need to step up and invest in global digital media. Here's how they can do it.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2007, Source: The Nation

Google's new marketing strategy poses a huge threat to our privacy and democratic aspirations for the Internet.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2007, Source:

We should not leave decisions about how digital content is paid for and distributed just to Google and its ever-growing list of corporate competitors.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Jeff Chester: A step-by-step plan to reform OUR network.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The future of the progressive movement depends on our ability to harness the power of digital media.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2006, Source: The Nation

The Google/YouTube merger is more than a big media deal: It's the leading edge of a data-driven marketing system that will subvert the Internet as we know it.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet

With the help of Republicans in Congress, mammoth telecommunications companies are fighting to restrict your internet freedom.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2006, Source:

Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with offers of public Wi-Fi grids -- but online privacy could be lost in the process.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2006, Source: The Nation

America's big phone and cable companies want to start charging exorbitant user fees for the supposedly-free internet.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

As PBS lobbies for a billion-dollar trust fund, it's time to challenge the status quo.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The public outcry over the Sinclair controversy underscores the need not just to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, but to expand its application to include new and emerging technologies.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2003, Source: The Nation

If Rupert Murdoch gains control of DirecTV, expect a torrential downpour of dozens of Fox News Channels targeting major U.S. cities across the nation.

Posted on: May 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Murdoch's plans to buy DirecTV will open the door to a not-so-distant future when our television set will become an outpost of the Murdoch empire.

Posted on: May 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The proposed FCC ruling will allow mergers and acquisitions that will increase corporate profits at the public's expense. But it is no coincidence that the American people don't know about it.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Despite widespread protests and the Clear Channel debacle, the FCC is about to make it easier for the nation's biggest media conglomerates grow ever larger.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Unless progressives devise a strategy to shape the emerging digital marketplace, they may find themselves locked into a media system that once again marginalizes dissent.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet

If the FCC -- as many predict -- sweeps away rules that restrict ownership, what will the impact be on the traditional watchdog role of the press?

Posted on: Mar 17, 2003, Source: Center for Digital Democracy

A thumbnail guide to the lobbying aims of the news media's most important companies.