Matthew Toplikar
Location:   Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Matthew Toplikar added an article on Tue, Jul 1 2014
Matthew Toplikar · Albuquerque, NM -- Frustrating.  This is the best way to describe the first public FCC question and answer session since Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed his “Open Internet” rules in May.   It wasn’t just Wheeler’s dodging of straightforward questions, or the recurring technical...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Thu, Jun 19 2014
5 min · Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Mon, Jun 16 2014
114 min · How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret surveillance program -- and the lengths it went to try...
Matthew Toplikar rated Free Tibetan Singers 3 stars on Tue, May 13 2014
Matthew Toplikar added an article on Tue, May 13 2014
Marguerite Reardon · Concerned Internet users want to make sure that the FCC and Congress hear them when it comes to keeping the Internet open and free. Digital-rights advocacy group Free Press, other groups such as MoveOn.org, and mobile operator CREDO, which also has a social activist arm...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Mon, May 12 2014
24 min · Two leaders in the climate change divestment campaign on breaking ties with the fossil fuel industry.
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Mon, May 12 2014
105 min · The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Sat, May 10 2014
3 min · What if roads and parking lots were solar, fueling enough energy from the sun to power nearby communities as well as electric vehicles? Scott and Julie Brusaw, the inventors/creators have the answer. They have a IndieGoGo funding campaign active through May 31st...
Matthew Toplikar added an article on Thu, May 8 2014
Matthew Toplikar · Modern America has a strong generational divide.  Whether it’s cultural or political, there are a wide-range of topics that can be off limits when talking to “the grandparents.”  On the reverse side, it can be hard to listen to the “wisdom” of a generation that’s had such a...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Thu, May 8 2014
49 min · Bill Moyers speaks with Theodore Olson and David Boise – the two lawyers who would later win the case proving that California's Proposition 8 Law (banning same-sex marriage) was unconstitutional.  Their reasoned arguments prove not only why they ended up winning the case, but...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Wed, May 7 2014
5 min · Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold hearings on the proposed merger by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Franken discusses the problems with the proposed merger and online privacy.
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Wed, May 7 2014
54 min · Noam Chomsky believes that propaganda is to democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. But he hasn’t lost faith in the power of common people to speak up for the truth. He is known around the world for his revolutionary work on the structure of language, studies he has...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Wed, May 7 2014
83 min · With extraordinary access, FRONTLINE takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Prison State" follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky's criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration.
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Wed, May 7 2014
54 min · With extraordinary access, award-winning producer and director Dan Edge takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Solitary Nation" offers an up-close, graphic look at a solitary confinement unit in Maine's maximum-security prison with firsthand...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Wed, May 7 2014
4 min · A short, animated video explaining net neutrality. Tell the FCC to reclassify broadband internet as a title II common carrier telecommunications service: http://goo.gl/xHnB4n Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGre...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Wed, May 7 2014
83 min · A documentary exploring how mainstream media failed to question the war in Iraq.
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Mon, May 5 2014
4 min · Candidate Obama said the Internet would remain open and free, but that's before he appointed a former cable and wireless top gun to run the FCC.
Matthew Toplikar rated F-ck The Poor? 5 stars on Sat, May 3 2014
Matthew Toplikar rated 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men 2 stars on Sat, May 3 2014
Matthew Toplikar added an action on Sat, May 3 2014
Matthew Toplikar · Films for Action has many videos and articles covering a range of subjects.  But once you've educated yourself, how do you make a difference?  One way is to contact members of government on a local, state, and federal level.  These elected and appointed public servants are...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Fri, May 2 2014
6 min · The debate about net neutrality rages on, but the meaning of "open internet" vs. "closed internet" is seldom explained. Without an open or neutral internet, corporations like AT&T or Comcast can restrict bandwidth and charge people extra for faster connections or limit access...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Fri, May 2 2014
25 min · Democracy loses if the Internet's sold to the highest bidder -- and that may be what's about to happen.
Matthew Toplikar added an article on Wed, Apr 30 2014
Annalee Newitz · Last week, an obscure but potentially internet-transforming document was leaked from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. It revealed that government regulators are considering rules that would give big companies a chance to make their online services run faster than...
Matthew Toplikar added an article on Sat, Apr 12 2014
Valerie Strauss · The Kansas legislature just passed legislation that strips teachers of  the right to due process, a move pushed by conservative lawmakers who were forced by a state Supreme Court ruling to provide more funding to poor school districts and wanted to get something out of the...
Matthew Toplikar rated My Father's Gift 3 stars on Sat, Apr 12 2014
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Sat, Apr 12 2014
60 min · Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.    In this first episode, we’re taken across the world to get various climate-related answers from experts, as well...