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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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Fraternal Order

At our recent Media Impact Focus: Assessing the Impact of Media, we introduced Fraternal Order, a brave, new way to apply total information awareness to the thorny task of tracking media impact. Don’t be frightened, it’s not a real service. We hope it reveals, with a bit of dark humor, the challenge of assessing the impact of media at the same time it highlights the very real concern of excessive government surveillance.

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