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Jessica González and Carmen Scurato

Jessica González and Carmen Scurato

Jessica González is the co-CEO of Free Press Action. An attorney and racial-justice advocate, Jessica advances Free Press’ mission of building media and technology that serve truth and justice. A former Lifeline recipient, Jessica has helped fend off grave Trump-administration cuts to the program, which subsidizes phone-and-internet access for low-income people. She was part of the legal team that overturned a Trump-FCC decision blessing runaway media consolidation. Jessica is a leader in the fight to push tech companies to crack down on hate and disinformation. She co-founded Change the Terms, a coalition of more than 60 civil- and digital-rights groups that works to disrupt online hate, helped lead the Stop Hate for Profit campaign’s Facebook advertising boycott and sits on the Real Facebook Oversight Board.

Carmen Scurato is Senior Policy Counsel at Free Press. She is an attorney on the policy team working at the intersections of racial justice, technology and internet policy. Her advocacy focuses on developing legal strategies, policies and regulatory filings to protect the open internet, promote network resiliency, foster universal-broadband access, prevent media consolidation and ensure platform accountability. Before joining Free Press, Carmen led the policy team at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she advocated for policies that advance the communication needs of the Latinx community. In 2018, she was an Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program Ricardo Salinas Scholar for the Conference on Communications Policy. A native of Puerto Rico, Carmen earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. from New York University.

How Misinformation Pays

The user-engagement model driving businesses like Facebook and YouTube makes it easy for deadly misinformation to spread at a speed and scale never before possible.[Read more...]

By Jessica González and Carmen Scurato posted on July 24, 2021