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A primer on net neutrality from the Benton Foundation

Update as of Dec. 14, 2017—The FCC voted 3-2 today to repeal net neutrality regulations intended to keep the internet open and fair. “It is not going to destroy the internet,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, responding to the groundswell of support from the public and internet businesses for net neutrality. “It is not going to end the internet as we know it. It is not going to kill democracy. It is not going to stifle free expression online.” Read more

Sexual harassment in the workplace: What funders should know

Editor’s note: Much like Hollywood and the entertainment and media industries, the culture of sexual harassment at Silicon Valley tech companies is no longer a shameful open secret. Over the last few months, several high-profile men in tech have resigned or been fired over allegations of sexual harassment.

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Webinar series: Philanthropy’s role in combating misinformation

Modern democracies rely on media to help inform citizens about the challenges we face, and to provide the information we need to address them. Today, civil society actors are increasingly worried about the ways in which media are also being used to misinform citizens—dividing nations politically and culturally, and threatening representative democracy. Misinformation, disinformation, fake news and propaganda present a growing challenge to informed democratic decision-making.

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Philanthropy, media and the value of evidence: A conversation with MIF Executive Director Vince Stehle and Rita Allen Foundation President Elizabeth Christopherson

By Elizabeth Christopherson | President & CEO, Rita Allen Foundation

A conversation with Vince Stehle of Media Impact Funders about the role of philanthropy in a changing media landscape.

Vince Stehle began his career in philanthropy as a reporter for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and later helped to develop new programs at foundations seeking to strengthen communities and public-interest media. Since 2011, he has directed Media Impact Funders, where he has been instrumental in building a network of funders who view communications as a vital part of working toward positive changes in society.
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