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Jul 29

ADE Calls on Free Press to Explain Their True Motives

In a press release distributed Tuesday the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) called on the organization Free Press to explain the true motives behind a disturbing 40-page guide detailing a strategy to manipulate poor, rural, Southern African Americans and women in an attempt to advance their own political agenda.  As reported in The Hill, Free Press recently commissioned the study Net Neutrality For the Win:  How Entertainment and the Science of Influence Can Save Your Internet which includes messages, research data, and strategies for convincing “targets” that the future of the Internet is in jeopardy in order to gain support for Net Neutrality policies.

The forty-page guide, produced by the Harmony Institute, identifies poor, rural African Americans and women as “persuadable” and thus the primary targets for Net Neutrality messaging.  Instead of having an honest debate, Free Press has reverted to unacceptable tactics to promote their way of thinking at any cost.

“The cynical and demeaning manipulation and stereotyping of poor, rural, minorities and women to advance a political agenda is inexcusable,” said ADE Chairman Julius H. Hollis.  “Free Press needs to immediately explain their actions and intentions.”

The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved and un-served communities.  The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.  For more information on The Alliance for Digital Equality, please visit www.alliancefordigitalequality.org.

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