Timothy Karr

Timothy Karr

Timothy Karr is the senior director of strategy for Free Press Action Fund, the advocacy organization that fights for everyone’s rights to connect and communicate. Follow him on Twitter: @TimKarr.

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One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. - Advocacy group Avaaz is calling attention to what the groups says are hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Can Anyone Stop Facebook from Poisoning Democracy?
Freedom (to lie) isn’t free. For the campaign to re-elect Donald Trump it costs $1.5 million a week. And that’s just last week’s tab. In exchange, Trump’s team gets to spread false and misleading political ads across Facebook’s social network. This includes a 30-second ad that makes the...
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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
A Pivot to Digital Shouldn't Spell the End of Local News
Last Saturday, the final printed edition of the Vindicator rolled off the presses in Youngstown, Ohio. After 150 years, the city’s last remaining daily closed its doors, handing its subscription list and masthead to the Tribune Chronicle , based in nearby Warren, which has begun to produce a...
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The United States should impose a similar mechanism on targeted advertising to counteract how the platforms undermine journalism and amplify content that’s polluting our civic discourse. (Photo: The Hill) Views
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Want to Save Journalism? Tax the Attention Economy
Way, way back in 2009 as Facebook was celebrating its fifth anniversary, CEO Mark Zuckerberg blogged that the company was founded “to give people the tools to engage and understand the world around them.” In the 10 years since then, Facebook’s user base has multiplied more than 10 times. But...
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In an ill-advised effort to make his point for the online masses, Pai starred in a video dressed as a Star Wars Jedi, brandishing a lightsaber against evil internet-user safeguards.(Photo: Pai video uploaded to Daily Caller) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
On Net Neutrality and Why Ajit Pai Is No Jedi
The FCC's chairman's rationale for ending Net Neutrality in 2017 was that existing Title II rules had supposedly shackled the forces of the marketplace, “deter[ing] the massive infrastructure investment that we need.” If the rules were allowed to stand, he said, we’d “pay the price in terms of less...
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As members of the incoming House majority noted, Pai doesn’t understand how Congress actually works.(Photo: Flickr user Gage Skidmore) Views
Monday, January 07, 2019
Chairman Pai Can't Win for Losing
No amount of spin can undo that. But that hasn’t stopped Pai from trying and trying, again and again. His latest came in the form of a statement , released Wednesday, touting the expiration of a bipartisan congressional effort to restore the Net Neutrality protections. “I’m pleased that a strong...
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Without Net Neutrality, large phone and cable companies will take control of the stories we tell, deciding who gets a voice and who doesn’t. (Photo: Maria Merkulova) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
How We're Getting Net Neutrality Back
A year ago today, the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai made one of the worst, most abnormal decisions in the agency’s history. It ignored public consensus and voted to strip away the Commission’s authority to protect internet users from companies like AT&T, Comcast and...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Net Neutrality Can Still Be Saved
A future without net neutrality is here. Well, almost. The Federal Communications Commission will take away the rights of internet users on Monday. Officially, the repeal of the 2015 net neutrality protections ― a repeal that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump pick, had pushed for ― will take effect...
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"Attorneys general from 21 states (plus the District of Columbia) have filed a lawsuit claiming that the FCC’s repeal violates federal law." (Photo: Shauna gm/Twitter) Views
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Net Neutrality Politics Is Local
O’Neill is less known for another saying that also holds true: “You can’t assume anything in politics. That’s why every Saturday I walk around my district.” It’s easy for cloistered Washington politicos to assume that Net Neutrality is dead, undone in December by the Trump FCC and its Verizon-...
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"The loss of Net Neutrality will have a disproportionately severe impact on people of color, who rely on an open internet to challenge systemic racism, seek out educational and economic opportunities, combat dehumanizing narratives and fight for justice." (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Views
Friday, January 05, 2018
Trump's Appalling Record on Internet Freedom at Home Makes Him a Weak Champion of Rights Overseas
But it’s another story when it comes to defending online rights in the United States. On Tuesday, Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told the Iranian government to stop blocking social-media sites being used to help organize protests across the country. Goldstein also encouraged Iranians to...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Trump's Secret Weapon Against a Free Press
Journalists in Manila had very little time to cover Monday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte. But it was enough to witness one aspect of the budding bromance between these two world leaders. "While Trump is attacking reporters on the front lines...
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