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'Price Too High and Rising': New Report Blasts Broadband Industry for Fueling Digital Divide

"The steep price of a high-speed connection is the primary barrier—a hard truth that flies in the face of the wild claims broadband-industry lobbyists make about prices getting better for internet users."

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New York AG Reveals Telecom Giants Funded 'Secret Campaign' to Flood FCC With Fake Net Neutrality Comments

"This investigation shows how low the industry will stoop to undermine even the most basic and benign safeguards."

Jake Johnson, staff writer ·

Among World Superpowers, US Poses Biggest Threat to Democracy: Global Poll

Nearly half of respondents in 53 countries surveyed are worried about U.S. foreign policy, and almost two-thirds say economic inequality threatens democracy.

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Facebook Panel Upholds Platform's Ban on Former President Donald Trump

One activist argued that focusing on the Trump ban obscures the more fundamental point that "Facebook's surveillance capitalist business model is fundamentally incompatible with human rights."

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World Press Freedom During the US Tech Boom

Free Press believes that creating a diverse and thriving news sector in the United States can be achieved by imposing a tax on online-advertising revenues that fuel the platforms and the attention economy.

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Signal Trolls Facebook by Showing How Data Is Collected for Targeted Advertising

"You got this ad because you're a newlywed pilates instructor and you're cartoon crazy."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

The System Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis Without a Push: That’s Where You Come in

This is an all hands-on-deck moment where civil society, that means you and I, need to throw everything we have into changing the politics of business as usual.

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Coalition Mobilizes to Protect Billions of WhatsApp Users From Facebook's Privacy Invasion

"We can't let Mark Zuckerberg continue to get filthy rich off of this exploitation of our personal info. We must reclaim our privacy."

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Biden's 'America First Lite' Policies on Vaccine Sharing and Refugees Are a Terrible Look for the US

With people dying in India's streets, Biden's failure to share vaccine doses, ingredients, and tech is becoming a moral failure that will haunt America.

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