October 2010

Tune out the political poison – and use the Web to make up your own mind

October 28, 2010

Tweet My television is yelling at me – and, to be honest, I’m yelling back. “Candidate X is a crook and a traitor,” my TV wails and moans. “Shut up!” I cry, as I grab the remote and hit the big red OFF button. What has happened to our politics? Negative advertising is nothing new […]

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Emergency Information in Widely Spoken Languages – Has the FCC Forgotten Katrina?

October 26, 2010

Tweet In an emergency, every person living within our nation’s boundaries, regardless of his or her primary language, deserves to receive information on how to increase his or her chances of survival and safety. Certainly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the nation has embraced this principle. Yet, five years later, three FCC orders later, […]

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Don’t Let the Crazies Get You Down: How to Deal with Hostility in the Digital World

October 24, 2010

Tweet The great promise of the Internet is connection and engagement. For many, especially minorities, this potential remains untapped. The reasons are many — lack of Internet access from their homes is one, and that needs to be addressed. (Congress should take up U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman’s broadband bill — it’s a good one.) A […]

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Healthy Media for Youth Summit Addresses Images Portrayed to Young Girls on Television

October 24, 2010

Tweet The Girl Scouts of America, Alliance for Women in Media (AWM), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and several other national organizations are united in efforts to reconcile the images of girls and women they see in the media with their own bodies. Young women face many temptations growing up in a society where media […]

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NAMDE – An Advocate for Broadband and Social Justice

October 24, 2010

Tweet July 20, 2010, was a day that will be remembered in the history of broadband as the day multicultural entrepreneurs came together to speak in one voice for the cause of digital inclusion. On that day, a new organization, the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE), was formed. NAMDE is a coalition focused […]

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The Overcoming Disadvantage Amendment to the Designated Entity Rules

October 18, 2010

Tweet After two years of careful research, the Federal Communication Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age voted unanimously in favor of submitting the “Preference for Overcoming Disadvantage” proposal to the FCC urging the rulemaking body to amend its Designated Entity Rules. To its credit, the FCC has been pondering how […]

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Unsticking the FCC

October 15, 2010

Tweet MMTC isn’t alone in being frustrated with the FCC’s disappointing attitude toward real action this past year. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expressed impatience with the glacial pace of policymaking at his Commission. Although he mentioned that the FCC, under his direction, has implemented some notable […]

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African Americans and Online Dating

October 14, 2010

Tweet In the August 1990 issue of Ebony magazine I proclaimed that I was “dateless.” The article’s headline posed the question: “What Can We Do about the Most Explosive Problem in Black America?” and a Congressman introduced legislation to help. The Internet was not deployed at that point in time. Fast forward a decade, and […]

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A Decisive Moment for Broadband Internet Access

October 14, 2010

Tweet At what point does persistence turn into malfeasance? That is the question we should be asking of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent federal agency that has spent much of the last year considering various regulatory schemes for broadband Internet access. Proposed “network neutrality” rules put forward by the FCC to govern broadband […]

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One Economy – 10 Years of History and an Everlasting Impact on the Future

October 10, 2010

Tweet This Thursday, October 7th, 2010, marked One Economy’s 10th anniversary, and there was much to celebrate at its annual gala. An organization that started, literally, with ideas on a napkin, One Economy has grown to become a vastly successful influence on connecting impoverished and disadvantaged communities the world over. From its online Beehive to […]

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