Petition to Kerry McCarthy MP, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, VirginMedia
Better broadband speeds for Barkleys Hill, Bristol and environs
Update: We are in contact with BT - please complete this form to be included in the upgrade process. 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/
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 YouTube
Ban Antonio Mallorca's YouTube Channel
Antonio Mallorca's YouTube channel violates multiple Community Guidelines on YouTube. They feature him performing 'pranks' involving groping, public nudity and other sexual content. Examples of this behavior can be seen in this video, this one, and countless others on his channel. This clearly violates YouTube's Community Guidelines, in that they state: "YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube." Moreover, the acts these videos contain are performed in public places such as streets and fitness studios, and this therefore normalizes sexual activity in public and also sexual harassment, in that some of the women he approaches in his videos appear to be reluctant to engage in what he proposes to do, but he nonetheless places pressure upon them to do so, as seen in this video. In In this other video, at 3:09, he is also seen in a corridor standing next to an unconscious woman and while the context of this is not clear, it is unsettling when taken in the context of the other videos on his channel. This sets a dangerous precedent for content on YouTube and it is important to remember that many of its users are younger people who can be more impressionable. YouTubers can be immensely influential and it is therefore important to hold them accountable when their content has the potential to perpetuate harmful ideas. The idea that what he is doing is merely a 'prank' (even though it isn't, because the definition of a prank according to the Cambridge English Dictionary is 'a trick that is intended to be funny but not to cause harm or damage', which doesn't even come close to matching what he does in his videos) trivializes it and causes it to be seen as just a joke when in reality it has far more negative consequences. It is also misleading because people who are searching for actual pranks may come across his content listed under that topic. Besides, content like this is just insulting to users who work hard to provide content which is far more educational, informative and artistic. If you want to see better content on YouTube, hold people like this accountable for their actions by signing this petition.
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