Free Press Action

Free Press Action is a nonpartisan organization fighting for people’s rights to connect and communicate. Free Press Action does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Rep. Tlaib to Join Activists Today to Urge Action to Root out White Supremacy and End Criminalization of Black and Brown Dissent
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D–Michigan) will open a panel discussion with activists of color today, Feb. 25. The discussion will explore the rights of racial-justice advocates in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Historically, violent events and national crises — like the Jan. 6 white-...
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Monday, September 28, 2020
New Report Raises Concerns That Facebook and the 2016 Trump Campaign Colluded on Political Ads to Suppress the Black Vote
On Monday, British outlet Channel 4 News reported that it had gained access to a massive database of voter information that was used by the 2016 Trump Campaign to discourage Black people from going to the polls. According to the report, the campaign had categorized more than 3.5 million Black...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Justice Department Proposal to Overhaul Section 230 Protections Is Unworkable, Unconstitutional and Would Make the Internet Unusable
On Wednesday, several news outlets reported that the Justice Department is preparing guidelines for new legislation that would reduce or eliminate social-media companies’ protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that shields companies from legal liability for...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
More Than 100 Racial-Justice and Civil-Liberties Groups Urge Congress to Defund Police Surveillance and Stop Targeted Spying on the Movement for Black Lives
On Wednesday, more than 100 racial-justice and civil-liberties groups urged House leaders to defund police surveillance technology that is used to spy on communities of color, protesters and others currently demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality. In a letter sent to House Speaker...
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill Passes the Senate with Some New Privacy Safeguards. The House Needs to Add More.
On Thursday, the Senate voted to reauthorize sweeping surveillance powers allowing national-security agencies to spy on the communications of millions of people in the United States. The vote occurred following several efforts to offer amendments to improve privacy safeguards in the bill. The only...
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Friday, May 08, 2020
Republican Contact-Tracing Bill Must Do More to Protect the Privacy Rights of Essential Workers and Others
On Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans introduced privacy legislation meant to guide the ways in which companies collect and use location, Bluetooth, and other data to track contacts between people infected by coronavirus and those they’ve interacted with. The COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection...
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Monday, March 23, 2020
Free Press Action Plan 'Keeping Connected Amid Crisis' Proposes Policies to Meet COVID-19 Pandemic Communications Needs
On Monday, Free Press Action released the report Keeping Connected Amid Crisis: Policies to Keep People Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The plan calls on Congress to allocate up to $100 billion in subsidies, rebates and tax relief targeted toward broadband that would benefit people, not just...
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Monday, March 16, 2020
Senate Leadership Stifles Growing Bipartisan Opposition in Push to Reauthorize Dangerous Spying Powers
On Monday, Senate leadership plans to push through a vote on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, legislation that would reauthorize abusive government spying powers that expired on March 15. The Act passed the House on a 278–136 vote, but with significant bipartisan opposition from civil-...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Congress Tries to Sneak Through Dangerous Spying Bill Under the Cover of the Coronavirus Crisis
Leading members of the House of Representatives are rushing a vote on Wednesday to extend abusive government surveillance powers before they’re set to expire on March 15. If approved, the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 would reauthorize Section 215 powers Congress established under the USA...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The EARN IT Act: A Very Bad Bill Gets its Day in Congress
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene a hearing on the EARN IT Act, a bill that threatens all online communications and the encryption technologies used to secure those conversations. Introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R–South Carolina) and Richard Blumenthal (D–Connecticut),...
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