Launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom Friday, September 23, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm Black and Latino communities are coming together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination. Because communities of color rely on the Internet and are increasingly embracing wireless technology, we are organizing to protect our online communication rights. These rights are currently at risk: FCC Net Neutrality rules provide few protections for wireless users — and a pending congressional resolution would overturn these rules and hand control of the Internet to corporations. What's more, the Department of Justice has acknowledged that AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile is a serious threat to wireless competition and would raise prices for consumers. On September 23rd, OTI held a panel discussion that explored the potential impacts of these developments, mark the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom and celebrate the success of Latinos for Internet Freedom. Black Voices for Internet Freedom and Latinos for Internet Freedom are coalitions of local, regional and national Black and Latino organizations and leaders coming together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination. Participants Welcome Sascha Meinrath Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation Opening Remarks Joseph Torres Author, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media Panelists Amalia Deloney Center for Media Justice Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation Jessica Gonzalez National Hispanic Media Coalition Rev. James Patterson Partnership of African American Churches Elandria Williams Highlander Center Moderator Chancellar Williams Free Press For more information on this event, please click http://www.newamerica.net/events/2011/black_voices_for_internet_freedom
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