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‘Race, Immigration and the Fight for an Open Internet’


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Panelists of the open internet panel. Top: Eloise Rose-Lee of Media Alliance Broadband Access Project. Bottom: Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice. Photo credits:

Right now, telecommunications companies are pursuing a restrictive pay-for-play business model for online access that many say will only further the digital divide, discriminating between those who have Internet access and those who do not. On this edition, excerpts from “Race, Immigration and the Fight for an Open Internet,” a panel discussion presented by the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism and New America Media.  The topic? Net neutrality. What is it? Who will it impact most? And why should we care?

The ‘Race, Immigration and the Fight for an Open Internet’ panel discussion was sponsored by G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, New America Media, Center for Media Justice, Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Sandip Roy, panel moderator, New America Media editor and KALW radio host.

Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice Executive Director & Founder:

James Rucker, Co-founder & Executive Director:

Eloise Rose-Lee, Media Alliance Broadband Access Project Director:

Eric Arnold, hip-hop journalist:

For more information:

Center for Media Justice
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Citizen Engagement Laboratory

Color of Change – Changing the Color of Democracy

Media Alliance
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New America Media
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UNITY: Journalists of Color

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  1. I enjoyed listening to this show especially the part about immigrants strongly attachment to the internet. Since, I came to this country, I have been impressed by how much people used the internet in the different aspects of their life. At the same time, I started asking myself the following questions over an over. What for example if one day we have to pay in order to search on Google?or what it stops existing? What if social networks or innovations such as Skype and Facebook become payable? I totally agree that knowing who controlls the internet access should be disussed as it can help users be aware that they can one day lose this previlege .

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