Tim Karr

As the Campaign Director for Free Press and SavetheInternet.com, Karr oversees campaigns on public broadcasting and noncommercial media, fake news and propaganda, journalism in crisis, and the future of the Internet. Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and vice president of Globalvision New Media and the Globalvision News Network.

 

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Friday, October 3, 2014 - 9:15am
Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet's Most Democratic Right
Net Neutrality -- the principle that protects Internet users' free speech rights -- is censorship. Did you get that? You did if you happened to be reading the Wall Street Journal's editorial pages . Former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell recently wrote a screed claiming that Net...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:00am
Press Freedom Groups Pressure President Obama to Do Better
Built under a shroud of secrecy, the Utah Data Center is the NSA’s data storage and processing facility — a place that maximizes the agency's surveillance capacity, which includes the ability to track the phone calls of U.S. reporters and store their metadata for a lengthy period of time. While...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 1:45pm
Safeguarding Free Speech in the Digital Age
Representative Spencer Bachus stands out among conservatives. Representing Alabama’s 6th district, he’s built his political reputation as a supporter of fiscal responsibility, limited government and constitutional rights — with special attention to the First and Fourth Amendments. It shouldn’t have...
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Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 7:55am
Internet S.O.S.
Is the Internet on life support? Last week we learned that U.S. and British intelligence agencies have broken the back of digital encryption — the coded technology hundreds of millions of Internet users rely on to keep their communications private.
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Monday, May 6, 2013 - 2:59pm
Internet Uncertainty
When asked whether the Internet has been a force for good or evil, Zeynep Tufekci likes to answer “Yes.” In other words, it is both the best of times and the worst of times for the Internet. It’s also the best and worst of times for the freedoms the Internet is supposed to nurture.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 8:41am
The Internet as Political Lie Detector
In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 2:06pm
One Minute of News vs. 162 Minutes of Ads
Denver is playing host to the first presidential debate of 2012, but for TV viewers in the Rocky Mountain State, the political mudslinging has been going on for months, thanks in large part to the deluge of political ads from Super PACs and other third-party groups.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 9:33am
Freedom = Censorship?
Think you have the right to speak freely via cellphones, websites and social media? Well, the companies that provide you with access to the Internet don’t. The framers drafted the First Amendment as a check on government authority — not corporate power. But whether we’re texting friends, sharing photos on Facebook, or posting updates on Twitter, we’re connecting with each other and the Internet via privately controlled networks.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 10:31am
Old Monopoly Tricks in the New Media Age
Welcome to the Comcast Age. No, that's not a new corporate slogan, but the future facing Internet users everywhere. Cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner have come to dominate information access in the United States. And they're using this new power to squeeze out competitors and remake new media in their old image.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8:57am
The Police, the iPhone and Your Right to Record
World Press Freedom Day came and went earlier this month. While it’s important to take a day to recognize our right to speak and share information, threats to our First Amendment freedoms happen all the time, everywhere. It’s a threat that will become very real on the streets of Chicago this weekend, as a new breed of journalists and onlookers attempt to cover the protests surrounding the NATO summit.
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