Timothy Karr

Timothy Karr

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

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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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Saturday, April 08, 2017
Trump's FCC and FTC Chairs Rush in to Defend Big Telco's Assault on Internet Privacy
It’s hard to defend legislation that undermines internet users’ essential privacy rights. But that hasn’t stopped the broadband industry and its many friends in Washington from trying. Even amid widespread bipartisan outrage against the congressional resolution Trump signed this week — which rolled...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Fighting for Techdirt and All Independent Media
Anyone who’s followed Techdirt’s reporting and analysis over the years knows how vital this news outlet has been when it comes to clearing the fog that often clouds policy debates about Net Neutrality, broadband access, spectrum allocation, copyright reform and media ownership. Founder Mike Masnick...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers
The Obama administration’s ongoing crusade against government whistleblowers — which culminated last year in the imprisonment of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — has reignited a debate over the role journalists should play in defending their profession and the sources and networks on which it...
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