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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"There's a reason for Facebook's failure that even industry pundits might understand," explains Karr. "Facebook has long been aware that its ad-driven business model was amplifying hateful and divisive posts over users' friendlier fare. But it chose to bury an internal report warning against the use of its engagement algorithms in this way." (Image: Stop Hate for Profit) Views
Thursday, July 02, 2020
#StopHateforProfit: What Pundits Get Wrong About the Facebook Ad Boycott
“Yes, but …” That’s the opening refrain of many media pundits when asked to comment on the phenomenal success of the #StopHateForProfit boycott, which now counts more than 750 companies pausing their Facebook advertising in July to protest the spread of racism on the platform. "Business as usual...
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Monday, May 04, 2020
Journalists: Democracy’s Frontline Workers
Early last month, Amy Brothers was busy at The Denver Post covering the most significant news event of her career: the fallout across Colorado from the rapid spread of COVID-19. But on April 17, without warning, the Post let the video journalist go. She was laid off with 12 other newsroom...
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So many Op-Eds and letters to the editor that oppose the Save the Internet Act are written by people with financial ties to the broadband industry. (Photo: Sarah McGee, Flickr) Views
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Playing Whack-a-Mole With Broadband Industry Shills
Defending Net Neutrality in the media is like an endless game of Whack-a-Mole. So many Op-Eds and letters to the editor that oppose the Save the Internet Act are written by people with financial ties to the broadband industry. And far too few of these ties are disclosed in the media. Time to get...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Red Alert for Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know
Starting today, Net Neutrality supporters are raising the alarm in defense of an open internet. Since December of last year — when the Federal Communications Commission voted to strip internet users of their Net Neutrality protections — millions of advocates of every political stripe have been...
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Friday, March 17, 2017
The President's Attack on Public Broadcasting Puts Him at Odds with the American People
On Thursday, the president proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a main revenue source for hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations across the country. The cuts, part of Trump’s first federal budget proposal to Congress, would zero out the $445 million...
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Friday, May 29, 2015
The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance
The Senate’s pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to preserve the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they’re in a rush. Authorization for the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1. Their efforts were scuttled last...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Global Internet Activists Give Thumbs Down to Facebook’s Internet.org
Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for world domination is in trouble. The billionaire Facebook founder recently took to his social network in a bid to save Internet.org, his plan to give billions of the planet’s poorest people a limited taste of the World Wide Web. “We have a historic opportunity ahead of us...
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement
While Feidin Santana and Ramsey Orta are hardly household names, these men played pivotal roles in one of the most important civil rights stories of our time. They made news by using their cellphone cameras to record the police killings of two unarmed black men: Walter Scott and Eric Garner. And...
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Friday, October 03, 2014
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
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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