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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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Iowa Kicks Off the Media's Mud Season
If you flip on a local television station and watch for an hour or so, you're likely to see at least one: a political ad that attacks a local or national candidate. If you live in any of the "battleground states," you'll see many, many more -- up to 12 political ads an hour.
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Thursday, December 08, 2011
Verizon CEO's Broadband Bunk
A letter to the editor of the New York Times from Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg had us scratching our heads at Free Press today.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Saving the Democratic Internet
Opponents of the open Internet like to portray its guiding rule, Net Neutrality, as "a government takeover of the Internet." They argue that from the day of its inception the Internet has existed free of regulation — a perfect expression of the marketplace at work. What they don’t understand is that the Internet is a far better expression of democracy, and as such needs rules like Net Neutrality to ensure all users have equal access to online content.
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Friday, September 30, 2011
High Noon for Internet Freedom
As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Welcome to Your Hungarian Internet
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the U.S. has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania. Why? Because our nation's regulators abandoned an earlier commitment to foster competition in the marketplace for Internet access providers.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Did AT&T Lie to Your Representative?
Earlier this summer 76 House Democrats were misled by AT&T. They signed on to a letter circulated by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) that was so packed with AT&T talking points and spin that it’s worth wondering who really drafted the letter.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
BART and the New Era of Censorship
I have spent most of the week poring over news stories, blogs and commentary on last week’s decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to shut off cellphone service to quash planned protests on its trains and platforms.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Washington Slowly Wakes Up from AT&T's Bad Dream
Congress may be finally waking up to the obvious: that the massive merger of AT&T with T-Mobile just doesn't make sense. No amount of contributions from AT&T, or visits from AT&T lobbyists, will alter this simple truth. On Wednesday, the Senate's top antitrust official, Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, weighed the facts and wrote a letter urging Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to reject AT&T's proposed takeover.
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Thursday, July 07, 2011
Google+ vs. Facebook: Should Human Rights Factor in Your Choice of Social Network?
Question: What would billionaire Mark Zuckerberg lose by refusing Chinese demands that he censor Facebook? What would he and his company gain from being more principled? This came up after reading Christopher Luna's analysis of Google+ as an alternative to Facebook, Zuckerberg's social networking colossus that boasts 750 million users globally.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The U.S. Congress: Where It Pays to Deceive
Why are more than 70 House Democrats helping AT&T lie to you? They just signed on to an industry letter that was so riddled with misinformation about AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile it’s shocking that anyone would put their name on it.
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