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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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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Monday, December 28, 2015
For Internet Users, 2015 Was a Year of Many Wins... and One Loss
While not every fight ended in a win for Internet users, 2015 was a year when millions of advocates defied the conventional wisdom that tech policymaking was an arcane and secretive world limited to a small circle of insiders. We organized online and off, sending millions of comments in support of...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Congress’ Alternate Reality on Net Neutrality
The hearing, deceptively titled “ Common Carrier Regulation of the Internet: Investment Impacts ,” is another misguided opportunity for members of the House, including Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Oregon), to repeat unsubstantiated claims about the supposed economic harms of the FCC’s open...
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Sunday, September 06, 2015
Big Phone and Cable’s Summer Hack-a-thon
In the last few weeks at least five anti-Net Neutrality Op-Eds have appeared in newspapers around the country. These pieces strike suspiciously familiar notes — and in some cases use identical language. All of this begs the obvious question: Did the phone and cable lobby orchestrate this wave of...
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