LGBT Americans know better than most that the Supreme Court can have a huge impact on our lives. Just last year the court made the right to marry the law of the land. But we're not done. We're not done. There's still plenty at stake for the LGBT community that could be decided by the Court. It's still legal for private employers to fire someone for being gay in 28 states and for being trans in 30 states. Just recently a federal judge ruled that a transgender student was not protected against discrimination at his school under Title Nine of the Civil Rights Act. Another judge ruled that sexual orientation was not protected by current employment discrimination law under Title Seven. All of these issues and more could make their way to the Supreme Court in the coming years. That's why it's so critical for our community that President Obama's nominees are confirmed by the Senate. Whoever President Obama appoints could provide the critical vote on legislation impacting our lives.
The Political TV Ad Archive collected and, using innovative open source technology, tracked airings of political ads in key markets the 2016 election cycle.
The collection also linked ads to fact-checks by national fact-checking organizations. In addition to tracking airings across key primary states, the collection includes ads that may air elsewhere or exclusively on social media.
by Katie Donnelly Over the past extremely unpredictable election year, the Internet Archive invented new methods and tools to give journalists, researchers, and the public the power to access, scrutinize, share, and thoroughly fact-check political ads, presidential debates, and TV news broadcasts. Our efforts were designed to help citizens better understand the patterns of political messages designed to persuade them […]
Guest post by Kalev Leetaru Today the Internet Archive announces a new interactive timeline visualization–the Television Explorer–that lets you trace how any keyword–think “emails”, “tax returns”, “alt-right”–has been covered on U.S. television news over the past half-decade. See the Television Explorer, a new tool for exploring TV News. Over the past year and a half, the GDELT Project and the Internet […]