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Civil Rights, Media, and Consumer Groups Release Principles for Lifeline Modernization

June 11, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On June 10, a broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, media, public interest, and labor groups issued a public letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging the FCC to rapidly update the Lifeline program to support broadband access for low-income people. In its letter, the groups also detail a set of principles that they believe should guide the Commission’s work to modernize the program.

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Civil Rights, Privacy, and Media Rights Organizations Weigh in on Use of Body-Worn Cameras

May 20, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

With communities across the country calling for greater accountability of local law enforcement, a coalition of 34 civil rights, privacy, and media rights organizations on May 15 released shared civil rights principles for the use of body-worn cameras.

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GAO Report Bolsters Need for Lifeline Broadband Expansion

May 8, 2015 - Posted by Cheryl Leanza

The Lifeline program allows our nation’s most vulnerable communities to maintain telephone service that would otherwise be unaffordable – service that is essential for connecting with loved ones, searching for employment, pursuing further education goals, engaging fully as citizens, and calling 911. But a recent GAO report, commissioned by Sen. John Thune, R. S.D., to evaluate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reforms to the Lifeline program, quickly drew fire from some Republican leaders. They allege that the FCC should not work on expanding the program to broadband until it addresses points raised in the GAO report.

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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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