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Free Press is building a powerful nationwide movement to change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy. Free Press advocates for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism. Free Press was co-founded in 2003 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney, The Nation contributor John Nichols, and Josh Silver, current CEO of United Republic, a foundation challenging the influence of corporations over government policymaking. Craig Aaron is Free Press' current president and CEO. Its board chair is former National Organization for Women head Kim Gandy. Today Free Press is the largest nonprofit organization devoted to media, technology and democracy in the United States. with 600,000 activists and a full-time staff of about 30 based in offices in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass. Free Press is also the organizer of the National Conference for Media Reform, which is held in a different part of the U.S. every couple of years and generally attracts about 2,500 attendees. The media reform movement focuses on changing public policy to bring about a more democratic media system. Free Press is the principal organizer of the movement, which generally "addresses the effects of a for-profit media system that increasingly fails to fulfill the communications needs of democratic society." The movement really began to take shape in the latter half of 2003, galvanized by controversial orders passed by the Federal Communications Commission. (via Freebase)