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Jeffrey Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy (www.democraticmedia.org).
Under the Radar, Big Media Internet Giants Get Massive Access to Everything About You
Posted on: Mar 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet
A White House-backed bill would give the corporate elite control over how our data is used.
Digital Dollars: Why the Marketing and Ad Industry Are Afraid of New Regulatory Watchdogs
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.
Quick, Progressives Have to Become Players in the Global Media Game Before Corporations Control the Whole Thing
Posted on: Jun 4, 2008, Source: TheNation.com
Progressives need to step up and invest in global digital media. Here's how they can do it.
Will Google's Greed Ruin the Internet?
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.
The War Against Google
Posted on: Apr 3, 2007, Source: TheNation.com
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.
Before the PBS "bailout," a promise for better coverage...
Posted on: Feb 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Jeff Chester: A step-by-step plan to reform OUR network.
Digital Media Marketplace: The Next Frontier for Media Reform
Posted on: Jan 9, 2007, Source: AlterNet
The future of the progressive movement depends on our ability to harness the power of digital media.
Will Google Take the Internet Over the Cliff?
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.
Save the Internet
Posted on: Apr 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet
With the help of Republicans in Congress, mammoth telecommunications companies are fighting to restrict your internet freedom.
The Dangers of Corporate Wi-Fi
Posted on: Mar 27, 2006, Source: TheNation.com
Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with offers of public Wi-Fi grids -- but online privacy could be lost in the process.
The End of the Internet
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.
PBS' Future Post-Moyers
Posted on: Dec 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet
As PBS lobbies for a billion-dollar trust fund, it's time to challenge the status quo.
Time for a Digital Fairness Doctrine
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.
Murdoch's Extended Reach
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.
Rupert Murdoch's Digital Death Star
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.
A Congressional Gift to Media Biz
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.
Showdown at the FCC
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.
Time Is Now to Fight for Future of TV
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.
What the New York Times Won't Tell You
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?
The Media Companies' FCC Wishlist
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.
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