SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE NO LONGER 'OH WOW!' NOVELTIES -
Social networks and other large, public conversational spaces on the net were once quaint, "Oh Wow!" novelties. They are no longer that. They are now essential implements for being an effective member of our society and participating fully as citizens in our democracy.
'OWNERSHIP' IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE ABUSE OF CITIZEN RIGHTS
The days must come to an end where the owners of networks such as facebook and google can arbitrarily, capriciously or selectively exclude users or intrude on a citizen's privacy under cover of "ownership". These spaces are no different than other public commons and public accommodations such as restaurants, buses, golf-courses, restrooms, social clubs and the like. And there is no more reason for invasive "real name" policies, or barring access for content or opinion or any other reason than patently abusive speech (threats, blatant vulgarity and other universal norms of conduct.)
The "private ownership" excuse of these networks for violating such rights as those granted through Civil Rights legislation for their real-world cousins must be prohibited by law. "Ownership" must no longer be tolerated as a license to violate citizen rights in order to serve the ambitions and self-interests of owners.
IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO PUT AN END TO THIS ABUSE OF POWER BY OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS AND DEMAND FULL PROTECTION OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS BY INCLUDING THE PUBLIC COMMONS OF THE NET WITHIN THE LEGAL SCOPE OF THOSE PROTECTIONS - MAKE IT SO:
SIGN THIS PETITION
This petition didn't suddenly appear out of thin air. What got my dander up was a personal assault on my account and the pages of my newspaper THE SACRAMENTO Z by Facebook. That lockout was wrongful, arbitrary, capricious and damaging not only to me, but to the ability of our press, The Z, to function. Facebook has since rescinded its action (we don't know why, or for how long) HOWEVER, I WISH TO MAKE IT CLEAR, THIS PETITION IS NOT ABOUT 'RED SLIDER' or THE SACRAMENTO Z or their troubles. Through that experience we became aware of just how damaging and anti-american it is to continue to leave the matter of basic citizen rights to the arbitrary and unaccountable interests of private ownership. You are invited to learn more about the case of Red Slider and The Z Newspaper in our current story on the matter and in future editions of the Z. - please sign the petition and pass it along to your friends and networks.
- Senator - California
- Mayor-elect, Sacramento
CREATE LEGISLATION protecting the rights of citizens using the net, online social networks and other digital public conversational spaces just as they are protected when using real-world public accommodations. To begin with, prohibit arbitrary, capricious or selective exclusions and intrusions of privacy and the deliberately created obstacles to appeal such actions.
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