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Free Press Summit: Changing Media in D.C. on May 14

FCC Chairman Michael Copps and White House adviser Susan Crawford to keynote interactive event


The Free Press Summit: Changing Media on May 14 in Washington, D.C., will feature keynote speeches by Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps and Susan Crawford
of President Barack Obama's National Economic Council. The one-day
event will highlight the public interest policies that will reshape the
future of the Internet, journalism and public media.

What: Free Press Summit: Changing Media
When: Thursday, May 14, 2009, 9:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Where: Newseum, 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.

The Free Press Summit will feature a roundtable discussion with former FCC Chairmen Reed Hundt and Michael Powell, Jessica Rosenworcel, senior communications counsel of the Senate Commerce Committee, Ram Shriram, founder of Silicon Valley investment firm Sherpalo Ventures, and Ben Scott of Free Press.

The event will also introduce new Free Press research and policy
proposals on how to respond to the crisis in journalism and achieve
universal, affordable, high-speed Internet access. Event attendees will
weigh in on these issues in small-group deliberations utilizing
innovative, interactive technology.

The event is hosted by Free Press and its sole sponsor is the John
S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Registration is free and open to the
public, but space is very limited. To register, or find out more
information, visit:

Free Press was created to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape our media. We believe that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what's actually happening in their communities.

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