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GFEM is an advocate to our grantmaker colleagues, encouraging them to fund innovative media arts and public interest media—through support of content, infrastructure, and policy—as a vital form of cultural expression and essential component of our democracy. Whether providing support for documentary or narrative films, or efforts to close the national or international “digital divide,” or supporting advocacy and educational organizations to keep the Internet unrestricted, or highlighting media advancements being made in developing countries, or the evolving media policies in developed nations-GFEM’s aim is to provide small and large funders alike with information to assist them in making decisions about supporting the interconnected areas of media content, infrastructure and policy.


A television program or film puts a face on an issue. A radio news feature or documentary brings a tangible reality to recited facts. Video streamed on a website underscores issues presented in plain text and can move people to action. Whether the content is targeted to public or commercial media outlets, funders need a working understanding of the entire media landscape in order to be most effective in their grantmaking. View Content articles


A high-speed, unfettered Internet, community-based media arts organizations, PBS, NPR, Public/Educational/Government (PEG) public access stations, or mobile phones are all a part of our media infrastructure—GFEM provides funders with information to help them in supporting media infrastructure, whether local, national, or international. View Infrastructure articles


Restrictive media policies can curtail access to the content we do have through the infrastructure we currently have in place. There are clear roles for funders to play in helping to address media policy issues and GFEM works to keep funders abreast of the constantly shifting media policy environment. View Policy articles

Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have

[Source: The Atlantic, by Margot Kaminski, February 8, 2012]
When it comes to copyright enforcement, American content companies are already armed to the teeth, yet they persist in using secretly negotiated trade agreements to further their agenda.   In the ...

Meet ACTA: PIPA and SOPA’s Big Brother

[Source: Access, January 25, 2012]
Sign the Access petition calling on the European Parliament to vote NO on ACTA!   Last week, online activists took to the streets in New York and San Francisco to protest SOPA and PIPA, convincing ...

Why Sundance Tells Us Digital Distribution Is the Future

[Source: indieWIRE, by Ted Leonsis, February 1, 2012]
This is a first-person piece from Ted Leonsis, founder and chairman of SnagFilms (and parent company of Indiewire). He asked if he could have the floor to lay out why he believes digital ...

Get Radio! Mapping Project

[Source: Prometheus Radio Project, February 3, 2012]
The map you see here is a project bringing together:

Supreme Court Sidesteps Digital Privacy … For Now

[Source: GigaOm, by Derrick Harris, January 24, 2012]
On Monday, the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional in most cases to use GPS to track suspects without first obtaining a warrant — calling the attachment of a GPS device to a suspect’s ...

Next Battle over Net Ramps Up Worldwide

[Source: Politico, by Eliza Krigman, January 18, 2012]
While Congress is consumed by the online piracy battle, an arguably more important fight over the future of the Internet is quietly unfolding abroad.   In the coming months, countries will ...

Understanding PIPA/SOPA & Why You Should Be Concerned

[Source: NewLeftMedia, January 18, 2012]
Most everyone has noticed the swath of websites that were blacked out in protest of the pending PIPA/SOPA legislation in Congress, but not as many people understand exactly why those bills are ...

PIPA and SOPA Votes Shelved. Your Move, Web.

[Source: GigaOm, by Stacey Higginbotham, January 20, 2012]
Update: After this story was published, the House Judiciary chairman and co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) also said he would postpone the vote to bring SOPA out of committee (it’s ...

Media Alliance Joins 7,000 Websites in a Day of Darkness to Protest Stop IP Act

[Source: Media Alliance, by Tracy Rosenberg, January 18, 2012]
Oakland, CA - Across the United States, thousands of websites from large to small joined a symbolic day of digital darkness to protest the online anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA, which they ...

How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation

[Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation, by Trevor Timm, January 16, 2012]
Over the weekend, the Obama administration issued a potentially game-changing statement on the blacklist bills, saying it would oppose PIPA and SOPA as written, and drew an important line in the ...