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In this update, we share resources with you on an issue critical for arts and democracy: preserving an open Internet.
|Preserving an Open Internet: Resources and Tools|
A free and open Internet has become a necessity, not a luxury, for all aspects of art and democracy. A court decision handed down last in April threatened to kill the Internet as we know it. Organizers have been mobilizing phone calls, letters, and support from all corners, and are making progress at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But the threat is far from over. Below are some resources to help understand the issues and take action.
Image from the Art Dept. Chronicles
Video primer on net neutrality, created by Jesse Dylan (yes, Bob Dylan's son!)
Video of Casey Rae Hunter of the Future of Music Coalition explaining importance of open Internet in daily lives of musicians, plus impact of the April court decision
Media Minutes podcast featuring Jack Walsh of NAMAC (the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture) on net neutrality and the future of the arts
Blog post by Amalia Deloney and Steven Renderos about Obama, communities of color, and an open Internet.
Center for Media Justice podcast on Race, Immigration, and the fight for an open Internet
Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) podcast about the legal details of the April court decision that challenged the enforcement of open Internet principles
Barbershop Punk, an upcoming documentary about one barbershop quartet musician's fight for an open Internet
Fact sheet on net neutrality and musicians from the Media Justice League of San Antonio
Main Street Project's fact sheet on (im)migrants and the Internet
Fact sheet on Internet access disparities and mobile devices from People's Production House
Color of Change's online petition to the FCC and letter on importance of net neutrality for Black Communities
The Future of Music Coalitions' Rock the Net campaign, chock full of resources, examples of artist activism, and a tool for submitting comments to the FCC
Free Press' Save the Internet campaign, with FAQ, blog, videos, and online petition
As always, we're proud to highlight the great work in this field to
support and cross-pollinate an extraordinary network of artists, cultural
workers, policymakers, educators, and activists.
All our best,
Amalia, Caron, Kathie, Jason, Javiera, Lena, and Yolanda
The Arts & Democracy Team
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