Please Support Net Neutrality

Late last year, the FCC voted to roll back the Title II net neutrality rules. This means that internet providers do not have allow the same access for all.

Congress can reverse this decision, using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), by passing a “Resolution of Disapproval” of the FCC’s actions.  It can also be overturned by federal courts, in lawsuits brought by advocacy groups.

The Resolution of Disapproval must pass both houses of Congress. On May 16, the Senate voted 52-47 in favor of the Resolution, and it now goes to the House of Representatives.

The Resolution faces difficult odds in the House, where a full majority of members would be required for passage. Nevertheless, advocacy groups are pushing the issue forward, asking the public to sign petitions and write to representatives.

Journalism, the Internet and Democracy

Talk by Edith Updike, 11 a.m., Sunday, May 13

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

38 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530

516-741-7304

In this talk before the Ethical Humanist Society, Task Force member Edith Updike looked at the sociopolitical origins and philosophical underpinnings of the First Amendment, as well as the core principles of American journalism and its role in democracy as refined through Supreme Court rulings. She reviewed several key legal cases, set in the culture and events of their time, that have helped to shape our ideas about freedom of speech.

Edith Updike is a longtime journalist and educator with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in journalism and a passion for the free flow of information. Currently managing editor at Global Finance magazine, she has worked in journalism internationally and locally, and taught at Columbia University and St. John’s College. She often serves as a guest expert in the media and at conferences.

 

Kevin Horton Interview

Kevin Horton is the former publisher of The Gold Coast Gazette on Long Island, and currently teaches journalism at New York Tech.

On May 3, 2018, Kevin was interviewed by Long Island Media Task Force member Nancy Oley about growing up in a newspaper family, taking up the family business, and the future of local journalism on Long Island.