You can watch the presentation above, download the audio only, or download the slide presentation in Open Document Format or Power Point.
The following websites are great places to get a blog for free:
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I used to host over at 1&1, and they offer a "beginner" wesbite package for about $50/year that includes some website building software to get online quickly. You get a free domain name with them, too. This probably isn't a bad bet for starters, either.
Those with a high level of technical expertise (i.e. you know your way around a command line) looking for a cheap and reliable option may want to consider NearlyFreeSpeech, which, in contrast to DreamHost, will probably only run you a few bucks a year.
If you're interested in learning more about issues like Net Neutrality and free speech/privacy online, two great organizations are here help: