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In Interim Report, White House Emphasizes Civil Rights Implications of Big Data

February 6, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

As a follow-up to its 90-day review and subsequent report last year on big data policies, the White House on February 5 released an interim report to describe its progress thus far and its plans moving forward.

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Groups Call for Additional Reform on Prison Phone Rates

January 16, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

A coalition of civil rights, faith, labor, media justice, and other groups from around the country this week wrote in support of further reforms to lower predatory prison phone rates.

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New Report Examines Intersection of Big Data, Civil Rights

October 3, 2014 - Posted by Angela Pavao

Big data can be a valuable tool in fighting inequality and societal problems, but there is also a “growing need to protect and strengthen key civil rights protections in the face of technological change,” as a new report, Civil Rights, Big Data, and Our Algorithmic Future, explains.

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FCC Proposes Further Reform on Prison Phone Rates

September 26, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on September 27 issued a joint statement announcing that they are circulating proposals to their fellow commissioners on further prison phone rate reform.

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Symposium Addresses Equity Issue in STEM Education

May 30, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education can provide historically underrepresented populations with proven pathways for obtaining good jobs and a higher standard of living, but these populations are not currently reaping its benefits. The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Educational Testing Service (ETS) on Tuesday co-sponsored a symposium, titled “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” to examine the best ways to ensure that STEM learning is inclusive and equally accessible to everyone, including communities of color, high-poverty communities, women and girls, and people with disabilities.

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White House Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy

May 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Following a 90-day review of big data policies, the White House today released “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” – a move that was applauded by civil rights groups for its emphasis on critical civil rights concerns.

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Civil and Human Rights Groups Speak Out on Privacy and Big Data Policy

February 27, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

A coalition of civil, human, and media rights groups today released ‘Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data,’ calling on the U.S. government and businesses to respect and promote equal opportunity and equal justice in their development and use of new technologies.

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Time Warner, CBS Fee Dispute Harming Consumers

August 6, 2013 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Television consumers who rely on Time Warner Cable in some parts of the country cannot watch programming produced by the CBS television network due to a corporate financial dispute.

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Yes, the Lifeline Fund is Money Well Spent

May 1, 2013 - Posted by Monica We

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing posing the question whether the Lifeline program is “money well spent?”  The Lifeline Fund, which provides discounts on telephone phone service to low-income households, is designed to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable communications services. In light of the increasing importance of communication services for the livelihood of all Americans, civil rights activists voiced support for the continuation of this program as well as expansion of it to include access to broadband networks for Lifeline-eligible consumers.

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Advocates Warn that FCC Changes on Media Ownership Could Undermine Diversity

February 8, 2013 - Posted by Monica We

Civil rights advocates are warning that racial and gender disparities in media ownership could be exacerbated by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to relax the rule regulating conglomerate ownership of both newspaper and broadcast media outlets.

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