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Petitioning Apple, Inc.

Apple: Protect Workers Making iPhones in Chinese Factories

Update: Major media outlets from around the world have reported on the terrible quality of life for the workers in these factories.  Apple has clearly taken the reports seriously - because they're taking action on them.  So, while This American Life may be retracting 'Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,' it seems like the issues and facts at the core of this story are still the same. As an Apple customer, I'm glad to have had my eyes opened to these issues, and to have had a chance to do something about them.  My sincere hope is that everyone stays focused on what's important here - which is protecting the well-being of these factory workers. Dear Apple, You know what’s awesome? Listening to NPR podcasts through an Apple Airport, playing through a Mac laptop, while puttering about the kitchen. Do you know the fastest way to replace awesome with a terrible knot in your stomach? Learning that your beloved Apple products are made in factories where conditions are so bad, it’s not uncommon for workers to permanently lose the use of their hands. Last week’s This American Life shined a spotlight on the working conditions in the Chinese factories where iPhones are made. Just one example of the hardships there: the men and women in these factories work very long days spent repeating the same motions over and over, which creates amped-up carpal tunnel syndrome in their wrists and hands. This often results in them losing the use of their hands for the rest of their lives. This condition could be easily prevented if the workers were rotated through different positions in the factory, but they are not. Why? Because there are no labor laws in China to protect these people. Here’s the thing: you’re Apple. You’re supposed to think different. I want to continue to use and love the products you make, because they’re changing the world, and have already changed my life. But I also want to know that when I buy products from you, it’s not at the cost of horrible human suffering. Here are two simple asks (basically taken from the end of the TAL report) that could make a profound difference in the lives of the men and women in your factories and others like them: First, in regards to the worker traumas described in the story, ranging from suicide attempts to the people losing the use of their hands from repetitive motion injuries, we ask that Apple release a worker protection strategy for new product releases, which are the instances when injuries and suicides typically spike because of the incredible pressure to meet quotas timed to releases. Second, since the TAL story aired, Apple has announced that the Fair Labor Association will be monitoring its suppliers. Awesome step. Please publish the results of FLA's monitoring, including the NAMES of the suppliers found to have violations and WHAT those violations are, so that there is transparency around the monitoring effort. Please make these changes immediately, so that each of us can once again hold our heads high and say, “I’m a Mac person.” Your own ads say that “the people who think they are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Please get to it.

Mark Shields
255,087 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Steve Jobs

Stop raising money for anti-gay hate groups

Did you know that dozens of major brands, including Target, Macy’s, USA Today, Netflix, Apple, Dell, and even Sesame Street are supporting known hate groups through the link referral service know as the Christian Values Network (CVN)? According to CVN, there are more than 170,000 charities that benefit from the CVN’s service by receiving donations through purchases made through the site. For example, someone could buy airline tickets from Delta, and the airline would make a donation to the charity of the customer’s choice through CVN. Unfortunately, there are several organizations included on CVN’s service that support discrimination. In addition to Focus on the Family's anti-gay agenda, the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared organizations like the Family Research Council as known a “hate group,” for their blatant and repeated homophobic lies about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. These organizations receive donations through CVN when customers buy products through CVN stores. Corporations that are typically strong on LGBT rights like Apple, Wells Fargo, Macy’s and others, are allowing their brands to be used to raise money for organizations whose major focus of work is hurting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This has to stop. Call on Apple to insist CVN stop using their brand to raise money for hate.  

Ben Crowther
22,561 supporters
Petitioning Apple

Save Networking Tools on iOS 11

Petition Apple to allow approved network utility apps to access MAC address information on iOS 11 Apple made a change to iOS 11 which has impacted millions of iPhone users’ who use mobile apps to secure and troubleshoot their network. With iOS 11, Apple has blocked third-party developer access to MAC addresses. Network utility apps such as Fing, NetAnalyzer, iNet and IP scanner used this information to let users see all the devices connected to a WiFi network. On iOS 11 users can no longer use a third-party app to identify and recognize which devices are connected to their network. They can also no longer easily detect a device's online/offline status. Millions of professionals and home users have been impacted: No access to MAC addresses affects a variety of different people and industries. Networking Apps: Free network tools which have been available on iPhones for a decade, are now much less effective on iOS 11. These tools have been the product of years of development aimed at advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Millions of homes, small businesses and network professionals who use these tools daily are impacted. Homes: Home networks can no longer see all the device’s connected to their OWN home network using a free application. This reduces a home owner’s ability to keep their network secure. IT Professionals: Networking professionals can no longer use their iPhones to troubleshoot a network. To troubleshoot like they could using a free app, they are now forced to purchase an additional piece of hardware running locally on a network. No access to MAC addresses also creates countless hours of manual work inputting a device’s details and MAC address information. Join our cause - Petition Apple Sign this petition, to ask Apple to allow approved networking tools and apps to access MAC address information via an app entitlement program or by allowing users a choice. Thanks for your support to #savenetworktools

Network Tools Alliance
18,356 supporters
Petitioning Google, Inc, Apple

Apple, Google, Steam No remove Geometry Dash From stores

We want to leave in the stores of purchases of digital games the Game GD since there is a called call Apple, Google: REMOVE GEOMETRY DASH FROM YOUR STORES which many players do not want that to happen It can contain some errors and defects but we do not want that they remove it already That can be fixed Queremos dejar en las tiendas de compras de videojuegos digitales el Juego GD ya que hay una encontra llamada Apple, Google: REMOVE GEOMETRY DASH FROM YOUR STORES lo cual muchos jugadores no quieren que ocurra Puede contener algunos errores y defectos pero no queremos que lo quiten ya que pueden arreglarse  GameShot:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0Wi_u-K_1K_jWOW-3lcEw STIVENELVRO:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCS9Cwcx0kloTq3eXV5VF0w

Game Shot
11,082 supporters
Petitioning Google, Inc, Apple

Apple, Google, Steam No remove Geometry Dash From stores

We want to leave in the stores of purchases of digital games the Game GD since there is a called call Apple, Google: REMOVE GEOMETRY DASH FROM YOUR STORES which many players do not want that to happen It can contain some errors and defects but we do not want that they remove it already That can be fixed Queremos dejar en las tiendas de compras de videojuegos digitales el Juego GD ya que hay una encontra llamada Apple, Google: REMOVE GEOMETRY DASH FROM YOUR STORES lo cual muchos jugadores no quieren que ocurra Puede contener algunos errores y defectos pero no queremos que lo quiten ya que pueden arreglarse  GameShot:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0Wi_u-K_1K_jWOW-3lcEw STIVENELVRO:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCS9Cwcx0kloTq3eXV5VF0w

Game Shot
11,082 supporters
Petitioning Ambient, Apple, Google, Inc

Stop cyberbullying -- remove Afterschool app from app stores

Social media and phone apps are creating an epidemic of bullying. But unlike in the past, bullies are able to use their phones to go after their victims anytime and anyplace. Afterschool is one of the biggest culprits. It is a popular app that allows teens to post anonymously text and images to message boards assigned to their school. Anyone can tag another person enrolled at the school on their posts. These posts often are used to harass and spread lies about other students. Some even post death threats and violent messages. As a high school student, I have seen this app used as a weapon against people I care about. One friend told me they contemplated suicide because the app was making their life a living nightmare. I started this petition because the app developers are not doing enough to prevent teens from using their app to torment others. Despite widespread media coverage and users reporting abuse, the app still doesn’t have the safeguards in place, like removing anonymous posting, to protect teens from bullying. No one deserves to be bullied. Apps like Afterschool make cyber-bullying and public humiliation easier than ever. Until they put the proper safeguards in place, Google and Apple should remove Afterschool from their app stores. Sign this petition today and help stop the emotional damage and torment caused by bullies using anonymous apps like Afterschool.

Michael Torres Trevino
8,648 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Steve Jobs

Tell the Apple iTunes Store to remove anti-gay, anti-choice iPhone application

Last month, The Apple iTunes Store approved and made available an application for the iPhone that invites users to join anti-gay and anti-choice campaigns, Jeremy Hooper of the popular blog GoodAsYou.org reported. As Jeremy explains, social conservatives like Watergate Criminal Chuck Colson created the Manhattan Declaration, a set of anti-choice and anti-LGBT beliefs, to promote restrictions on women's choice and LGBT equality. Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that! Download the app and the Manhattan Declaration's so-called "survey" will invite you to answer questions like: Do you believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman? And, Do you support the right of choice regarding abortion? Once you answer the four questions a screen pops up and you learn that "survey" is actually not a "survey," but a "test." If you answer the questions the way pro-choice, pro-equality folks do, you'll be rewarded with this screen: "SURVEY COMPLETE! 0%, You answered 0 out of 4 questions correct. [sic]" Users of the application are also asked to sign onto a set right-wing talking points that would make the average MSNBC viewer's head spin.  This part of the application helps users support the elimination of choice for women, and stop the march to equality for LGBT people. Not enough? They're also all about the elimination of any separation between church and state. You can see the web listing for the application here. Apple rates it a 4+. And what exactly is a 4+? "No objectionable material."  Huh? Supporters of equal rights and the right of women to control their own bodies must stand together and say to Apple: "Applications that support hate and division have no place in the iTunes Store." Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.

Michael Rogers
7,686 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Apple

Take the iPads Off The Tortoises

Dear Aspen Art Museum, Cai Guo-Qiang, The Turtle Conservancy and City of Aspen We, the undersigned, request you end this animal exploitation and abuse. The Tortoises that you have in your new display in the new Aspen Art Museum have had iPads attached to their shells and must endure the weight of 2 iPads on their back as they walk around showing slides of old Aspen in the name of art. Since when is animal abuse art?  We must all rise and stop this now!! There is no excuse for this! So I ask you, do 2 or more wrongs make a right? That they were rescued from a bad situation somehow makes it ok for them to carry these 2 iPads because they are now well fed, have medical care and a view? Or that they have better care/food than they would in wild. This is anthropomorphizing at its finest! Tortoises & Turtles have out lived even the dinosaurs without our help! Clearly they do just fine on their own when left to their own lives. A tortoises' needs are quite simple but their sensitivity to pain and suffering is equal to that of any other living being. And as a living, breathing being deserve to be treated humanely. And does the fact that a female tortoise can endure the weight of a mate for a few hours once a year somehow justify and prepare them for the unbalancing effect of 2 iPads attached to their backs for several months? Least we forget that then the female tortoise has a choice about what male she lets mount her. She is not strapped down and forced to endure the event. The point is that they were not given a choice! And even if they were, do any of us speak Tortoise enough to understand what they might choose? As a species, are we really so arrogant as to assume what another species might choose if given the chance? While we are concerned for Turtles and Tortoises and with the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie, and appreciate people seeing how big these animals can get, we do believe there is a bigger concern here. We think children and irresponsible adults will see this as permission to attach things to all animals. Children mimic what they see adults doing. So it is not a stretch to think that children will see this and start attaching things to animals they encounter. Unfortunately, they will not be as careful as you claim to be, and will use screws, toxic glue and god only knows what else, causing inexorable damage. Anytime a public display like this, movies, etc shows that it's ok to do various things to animals, children and other non-well adjusted adults will think it's ok/funny, etc and follow suit. At the very least, there needs to be someone there talking to people and kids about this and telling them "Do Not Try This At Home".  Perhaps even hand outs and displays about how many species of turtles and tortoises are endangerd and bring light to the work you all are doing. This may help offset the potential for danger to other animals, though we fear they will anyway. Furthermore, there is absolutely no scientific outcome from this study, like there is when other devices are attached to wild animals. No overall good for the Tortoise as a species or humankind or any other greater good.  I am greatly concerned that this installation is setting a very bad example on how to treat turtles/tortoises and animals in general. For reference, the carapace (The carapace is the dorsal (back) convex part of the shell structure of a turtle, consisting primarily of the animal's ribcage, dermal armor and scutes) is sensitive to the slightest impact. If the carapace or plastron be very gently tapped, the nearest leg is alone withdrawn, a heavier tap causing a withdrawal of its whole body. We have here, therefore, a structure which is a true sensitive surface, and like the soft skin of a frog or of a man, it is brought into relation- ship with the central nervous system. Like the soft skin of other animals it may be mapped out into areas, from which the nerve-fibres passing to the spinal cord are all especially connected with outgoing motor nerves, so that the definite reflex movements of limbs as already described may come about.(1) If you care to take the time to read the petitions, there have been many veterinarians and artists who have spoken out about this exhibit. (2) Please stop this unnecessary exploitation of animals now and do the right thing by getting these iPad off the Tortoises' backs and make sure they are given to a sanctuary where they will never be abused like this again and put pressure on the artist to vow he will never do anything like this to any other animal ever again! Thank you.   (1) http://jcs.biologists.org/content/s2-31/124/563.full.pdf(2) https://www.facebook.com/groups/TortoisesAspenArt/http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_26269483/new-aspen-art-museum-big-money-meets-big

Lisbeth Oden
6,465 supporters
Petitioning Unicode Consortium

Unicode Consortium, please release a beard emoji

Beards have been grown in many lengths, shapes and colours since the existence of man. We have a Santa and moustache emoji (not to mention a bunch of useless ones too). So close, yet so far.  For all those beard wearers and pogonophiles, we would like to see a #BeardEmoji released into the digital world.  

BeardEmoji
6,043 supporters
Petitioning Apple

Appeal to add telugu text to speech for blind to read telugu in voice over.

This An appeal from Telugu speaking Apple users who are blind to include telugu text to speech voice in voice over, which will be useful to read Telugu text. We are unable to read the telugu content using IOS.  Dear Sir/madam,                 We, the great enthusiasts and lovers of apple products from visually impaired Telugu speaking community would like to congratulate for achieving the incredible progress in the field of accessible technology. For the past ten years apple has been successful in revolutionizing the technology by introducing various products to meet the day today challenges with ease.                 Apple products are advantageous to the entire community in general and visually challenged in particular. Since the inception of apple products having voiceover support, we could enjoy the dignity, privacy and liberty to use them for our personal communication with much pride. Introduction of JAWS, Kurzweil and other accessible software’s in computers, visually challenged community enjoys the privilege to read and write at their handiness with dignity.  Fortunately, JAWS makers also included Telugu TTS recently.                 In terms of accessibility, apple as always been in the forefront in addressing the concerns of the technically disadvantaged like visually challenged by improving voiceover features.                 On the above circumstances, I would love to bring something important to your kind notice, which can bring a greater change in our lives largely. The inclusion of Telugu language text to speech supported by voiceover in IOS languages can benefit us in accessing the valuable literature available in Telugu language. The Text to Speech service converts any text, pdf or eBook and natural language to generate synthesized audio output. TTS Reader Instantly reads the text loud with natural sounding voices which helps the visually impaired to understand the written documents better.                 Telugu is considered as the “Italian of the East” and even spoken by more than 80 million people in not only Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry and other provinces in India but also other parts of the World. We are glad to say that, Telugu is the first language spoken in India, which has incredible inherited literature magnificence after our national language Hindi and international language English. Besides this, Telugu is 14th largest language in the World, when considered the number of language speakers. No doubt, English is known as International language and universally used in communication tool. The roll of regional language can’t be ignored since regional language is used in daily conversation mainly for common masses.                 We express our deep apprehension Telugu text to speech (TTS) is not included in Apple languages. People, especially visually challenged have to rush to Android and other Operating Systems due to non-availability of Telugu TTS in IOS. They also have the misconception that, Apple products may not be suitable to their lifestyle and ignore Apple products even though they have purchasing capability. Having Telugu TTS could be a boon to the visually challenged community to access privacy and to keep the communication alive. Since there are, many apps and developers in Telugu, inclusion of Telugu TTS in IOS could enhance market share largely.                 Hence, we would be owe the developers and designers, if Telugu language TTS is included in IOS list of languages. We are waiting with wide opened eyes for your next update having Telugu TTS is one of its substantial features. In this endeavor, we would promise to extend our support if needed. Your's sincerely,Paramesh Nagavolu.

Parameshwararao nagavolu
5,177 supporters