Advancing Media Rights and Access
The goal of this work is to promote universal access, open systems and diversity in the media.
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How media systems and technologies are governed is critical to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to tell their stories, acquire knowledge and actively participate in society. Today's high-speed Internet technology present unprecedented opportunities for people to learn, communicate and act as informed citizens.
Without fair media policies to protect the needs of the public, millions of people will remain underrepresented and excluded from important opportunities to connect, contribute and achieve.
What We're Doing
We support fair media policies that advance competition, openness, innovation and universal access to high speed internet for everyone. Our grantees are working to ensure that all people—especially the poor and marginalized—have both the means and the rights to participate in a diverse media system. Our strategies promote the right of communities to shape media policies that best represent, support, connect and advance the needs of their citizens.
Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.
What We're Following
- A Future of Failure? The Flow of Technology Talent into Government and Civil Society Commissioned by Ford and the MacArthur Foundation, this report looks at the “talent pipeline” that connects individuals studying or working in information technology-related disciplines to careers in public sector and civil society institutions. 3.8 MB
- Hillary Clinton on Internet Rights and Wrongs U.S. Secretary of State presentation to George Washington University on Feb. 15, 2011
- A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality Tim Berners-Lee's technology feature for Scientific American Magazine
From the Newsroom
Our Future’s Internet Strengthened Today
Jenny Toomey writes about Ford’s participation in the Knight News Challenge
Support for Deepening Coverage of Race and Ethnicity
An investment in Code Switch, NPR’s race, ethnicity and culture reporting initiative
Toward Technology that Serves the Public
A new report examines and aims to staunch the flow of technology talent away from the public sector
‘Just and Reasonable’ Rates for All Consumers
The FCC votes to lower the rates of inmate phone calls