Petition to European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Stop censorship in Europe
EN / BG / DE The EU is proposing that robots should decide what can and can not be shared by us. Yep, that’s right - robots. Article 13 is a provision in the EU Copyright Reform mandating that all content uploaded to the internet be monitored by robots and potentially deleted if a likeness to existing copyrighted content is detected. Robots do not understand when the content is used lawfully for purposes of quoting, analyzing, criticizing or educating purposes, under licenses or in remixes. We cannot allow robots to monitor our actions on the Internet and censor them. Why does this interest me? Robots will decide what can and can not be shared by us. They have no sense of humor, irony, or nuance. They do not distinguish the legitimate use of foreign authorship from piracy - they will simply wipe out. Robots do not understand when the content is used lawfully for purposes of quoting, analyzing, criticizing or educating purposes, under licenses or in remixes. Robots will monitor our actions on the Internet and censor them. Robots will limit our access to knowledge. The robots will end the open internet without the censorship Europe knew so far. This ruling will be voted on in April 2018, alongside with another one thousand amendments to the proposal to reform EU Copyright. Whether a creator or a consumer, everyone who uses the internet will be affected by this law — which is why we all need to speak out against it. If you are a creator or independent business, the content that you upload to share with your audience might be deleted without your consent. Creators include but are not limited to Artists –such as Cartoonists, Gamers, Illustrators, Photographers, Documentary Filmmakers, Animators, Musicians, DJs, and Dancers,– Bloggers, Journalists, and Technologists. Online platforms will be required to implement complex filtering systems and will be held liable for copyright infringement, potentially incurring fines that threaten their economic viability. Article 13 would restrict the ability of internet users to consume content –meaning they won’t be able to find and enjoy diverse kinds of cultural expressions that they have grown accustomed to. The days of communicating through gifs and memes, listening to our favourite remixes online or sharing videos of our friends singing at karaoke might be coming to an end. Ultimately, the internet culture that has emerged in recent years –a culture that enables connections and democratises information– will become bureaucratic and restrictive Please sign our petition to stop Article 13 from being implemented!
Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP
Prevent Theresa May from banning websites; GitHub and SourceForge
Theresa May is planning to launch wide-ranging internet regulations and security changes despite not winning an election majority. She has an interest in banning websites such as GitHub and SourceForge. Both of these sites are used by developers to aid various projects, such as encryption. She wants no technology companies to be able to have their data withheld from the government. They want to have records on everyone's online communications. This is an invasion of privacy and would also be crushing to all major and minor business that use these sites. Let's not turn into a North Korea like country - where all online communication is monitored. We have human rights! (Well, at the moment). Theresa May believes this will lower terrorist threat. She is wrong. Can someone please explain to Theresa May how computers and software works. Source / credit: https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/6gekli/theresa_may_to_launch_wideranging_internet/?st=J3RBEAGD&sh=607ee253
Petition to Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Karen Bradley
PM Theresa May - Please Remove the Internet Regulation Policy from the Conservative Manifesto
UPDATE (12/7/17) - Theresa May has announced her intention to amend her manifesto of certain controversial policies; Tories to ditch key manifesto pledges http://uk.businessinsider.com/theresa-may-to-ditch-key-manifesto-pledges-after-losing-her-majority-2017-6?r=US&IR=T This is our chance to make our concerns for her Internet Regulation Policy known. Please sign and share. -- According to the Conservative Manifesto for the 2017 General Election, a policy is outlined regarding regulation of the Internet. Sources with further details can be found in the following links, including the announcement made in relation to counter-terror law; https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/theresa-may-wants-to-regulate-the-internet?utm_term=.pp5J7p0DO#.lteBVvRo3 http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/3010379/conservative-manifesto-plan-for-twitter-tax-levy-to-pay-for-state-regulation-of-social-media-networks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39974927 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/19/torymanifesto-reveals-plan-control-internet-and-disenfranchise-voters http://freewestmedia.com/2017/05/20/theresa-may-proposes-new-internet-regulations/ https://www.rt.com/uk/388987-theresa-may-surveillance-internet/ http://uk.businessinsider.com/theresa-may-we-must-defeat-islamist-extremism-2017-6 The Prime Minister is cynically exploiting the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester and the nebulous "extremist material", among other vaguely defined issues, to justify the suppression and control of information and expression. This is on top of the recently legalised state surveillance and censorship of legal online adult entertainment within the Investigatory Powers Act and the Digital Economy Bill respectively and the recent debate over encryption. This cannot go unchallenged. I understand the need to combat terrorism and to protect children from adult and extremist content, but what May is proposing is extremely reductive. Regulating the flow of information, especially within such ill-defined terms such as "hate speech", "obscene material" and "extremism", restricts the freedom of expression that allows online businesses to thrive and valuable data to be preserved and shared. To enforce regulation on top of mass surveillance amounts to criminalising millions of innocent civilians for having what they could easily define as an extremist view, an offensive opinion or an obscene publication on a dangerously broad whim. It doesn't make Britain a leader, it aligns it further with oppressive authoritarian regimes such as North Korea and China. An alternative to state regulation of information would be, in the case of extreme and obscene content, a stronger focus on education, such as teaching children how to browse the Internet safely, an honest and open discussion about sex and relationships, and how to evaluate and critically analyse information, and, regarding counter-terrorism, a much more stringent focus on preventative action, such as an immediate response to reports of a potential attack or suspect. As for hate speech and abusive communications, again education is paramount, in the sense that users must be taught to either ignore or report abuse. Here are some articles explaining how tech companies tackle illegal content on their services, what governments - UK and abroad - demand of them and the practicality of such demands and appeals for a discussion in alternative measures; https://phys.org/news/2017-06-qa-internet-extremism-combat.amp https://www.recode.net/platform/amp/2017/6/7/15753686/ro-khanna-theresa-may-terrorism-uk-encryption-extremism https://betanews.com/2017/06/06/regulation-technology-challenges-not-answer/amp/ https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/new-money/2017/6/12/15762606/theresa-may-terrorism-tech/ http://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/backdoors-encryption-and-internet-surveillance-which-way-now/ http://news.sky.com/story/terror-laws-reviewer-warns-pm-against-criminalising-internet-companies-10934935 The Internet is the most valuable tool we have as a global civilisation. Forcing foreign or global organisations to adhere to a guideline that only covers one nation in a global network under threat of sanctions or punitive action is counterproductive and will only drive valuable business away from the United Kingdom. To make your whole population a suspect for something only its admimistration believes is so, without evidence or even a warrant to justify the suspicion, is barbaric. To enforce regulation that controls what information and content people can consume will only endanger them more than allowing them the ability and privacy to make their own judgements. Please amend the policy to regulate the Internet so that it remains as free and useful as it is without compromising a user's access to legal content.
Petition to European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union
Make the Internet fair for performers
[Version française] [Deutsche Version] [Versione italiana] [Versión española] [Versão em português] [Polska wersja] [Dansk udgave] [Česká verze] [Ελληνική έκδοση] [Nederlandse versie] [Slovenska verzija] In the first half of 2015, over 1 trillion songs, movies and TV series have been streamed online - more than double the amount in 2014. However, whilst Spotify, Netflix and iTunes and other legal, on-demand streaming and download services continue to grow in popularity and value, performers still do not receive a fair share of the income generated by their recorded performances. In order to remedy this unfair situation, four international organisations representing over half a million performers in Europe (AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM and IAO) have joined forces and launched a campaign for the fair treatment of performers online (the Fair Internet campaign). Do you believe that performers should be fairly rewarded? If so, you can help us make that happen. Simply sign this petition and share it with your friends and colleagues on social media. Raising awareness is key to setting up a fair legislative framework for performers in Europe. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Roblox Corporation
Allow ROBLOX Experimental Games to be playable
WHY I STARTED THIS Recently, ROBLOX made changes to their website, now disallowing users 13+ or not to play experimental games. They claim that this accomplishes the following goals: Enhancing the safety of our community Putting an emphasis on secure development earlier in the learning process of developing Roblox games Reducing the risk of undesirable changes being made to your games without your permission This however causes problems; Old games of developers that are inactive will now die. FE is a different way of scripting, and more complicated to approach than Experimental Scripting. Where this comes in is the popular Experimental Mode games, where the creator and/or developers are unable to do FE scripts. Can kill developers with big potential. This change will kill a lot of games and will eventually get rid of developers. I like to make games, and GUIs. But, this has currently really killed my games, since i cannot do FE scripting then their quality and function with the GUIs has all gone down the drain and i'm sure this has happened to other developers too. And clearly, nobody seems to like it. See the Twitter post here EXPANDING ON 'SAFETY' Safety in both modes vary. But, exploiters cannot be stopped with FE. This only prevents commands from replicating, and exploiters can still teleport and noclip through walls, and when this is used in games like Prison Life, it will destroy the experience for everyone. WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE We hope for players to be able to play Experimental Games again or at least more understandable, detailed and easily accessible help for developers to understand and script in Filtering Enabled.
Petition to ZOL Zimbabwe, Baxton Sirewu, Dr. Eng. Kundishora
Stop throttling "unlimited" Internet plans, poor service, data leakage in Zimbabwe
The internet is our gateway to the world. It's dishearting that our ISPs feel the need to throttle usage and predetermined points during the day. This makes a mockery of the term unlimited which is both misleading and dishonest. Users capped data also dissappears without warning or recourse, and the ISPs always have an excuse without proper investigations. Customers are also tired of the poor customer service they receive, which includes but is not limited to lack of information, delayed responses and ridiculing of customers who have lost their data.
Petition to Kerry McCarthy MP, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, VirginMedia
Better broadband speeds for Barkleys Hill, Bristol and environs
October Update: We have the quote and are now fundraising for the upgrade click here to donate We would like to petition the main broadband suppliers (BT, Sky, Virgin) to improve the substandard internet connection on Barkleys Hill and the neighbouring streets of Little Parr Close, Baileys Mead Road and The Chine. Superfast broadband is defined as a connection with download speeds of 24Mb or above. Broadband under 2Mb is considered to be slow enough to apply for a government grant.We have one of slowest internet connections in Bristol with download speeds of 2Mb to 5Mb and yet many of the surrounding roads in the area get download speeds of 22Mb to 40Mb. Our local exchange, Fishponds New (SSFIS), is enabled for Openreach FTTC and should be able to provide a better speed however the broadband suppliers need some additional convincing that it is financially worth their while to upgrade the connection. I am hoping that with this petition and completing the 'register your interest' links will help with this. Barkleys Hill is a family area and the slow speeds are surely putting a strain on households with the increase in mobile devices, streaming TV shows and sharing photos. Any resident trying to run a home business would struggle to keep an effective connection with the current speed levels. We would therefore urge residents and local businesses to push suppliers to take action to enforcing superfast broadband in the area to enable homes and offices to maximise their internet experience and to remove the current limitations and difficulties they face with lower upload speeds. Please check the website for updates and how you can help:https://sites.google.com/site/barkleysbroadband I would urge all signees to register their interest directly as this will also make a big impact: BT: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/speed-checker/Virgin: http://www.virginmedia.com/cablemystreet/Sky: https://fibre.sky.com/shop/broadband-talk/broadband-options/sky-fibre-broadband/