Issue: Media Policy

We are living through a watershed moment in telecommunications policy. Advocates and funders have spent over a decade fighting for rules to uphold the openness and democratic principles of the Internet. After years of minor victories and a few major defeats, funders, activists, media policy wonks and DC insiders were stunned by President Obama’s public declaration in favor of Title II / “Telecommunications Service” rules for Internet governance. Now, after the FCC voted to make Title II the law of the land, funders need to know ‘what’s next’ for the Internet and media policy more broadly, including Internet access and affordability, privacy rights in the digital age, news ownership, the digital commons and more.

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True story: How fake news skews our impact models and what we can do about it

Up in the lofty reaches of theory, the case for the impact of news is clear: Reporters report facts in good faith, and audiences consume these stories and deliberate with others who might not share their perspectives. In the process, they’re better informed to act in their role as citizens, and a better democracy results. Down here in the trenches of 2016, though, the impact story is much messier.

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Internet Policy and Communicating for Policy Change

By Jon Stahl, communications director, Philanthropy Northwest

In the past few days, we’ve hosted a pair of events with our friends at Media Impact Funders, the national network of grantmakers working on media and technology issues. In different ways, both touched on the power of communications — both medium and message — to drive forward the social change issues that animate philanthropy. Read more

What’s Next for the Internet

Many funders have been supporting efforts to solidify net neutrality protections and open Internet principles for over a decade. Last year, four million people commented on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed Internet rules, and the President called for true open Internet protections, including reclassification of the Internet under Title II jurisdiction. This February the FCC voted to reclassify the Internet and stop states from banning municipal broadband networks. The rate of change has been dizzying. Read more

Communications Strategies that Fast Track Policy Change

In recent years we’ve seen major progress on seemingly intractable social issues including juvenile justice reform and healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations. Strategic, coordinated media projects and campaigns are tipping the scales and helping to rapidly advance policy change across a wide-spectrum of issues. Read more


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