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internet

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Petition to YouTube

#DoNotDemonetize Channels With Under 1,000 Subscribers

On January 16, 2018, YouTube unveiled a slew of changes to its YouTube Partner Program of which YouTubers must be a part in order to earn ad revenue from their hard work on the platform. These changes are the absolutely ridiculous new requirements of having at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past year. New channels must meet these thresholds before entering the YouTube Partner Program while pre-existing channels will be kicked out of the program if they do not meet both of these requirements by February 20. Thus, we are demanding that YouTube #DoNotDemonetize these small YouTubers for having under 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. Not only will these new rules obviously hurt already-established channels such as mine, but it will also greatly hinder the ability of regular people with a dream to make YouTube their fantastically entrepreneurial job. For example, here comes a personal story, my personal story. My name is Shane Mumma and I'm the man behind the technology YouTube channel Warenotice. I started Warenotice back in 2015 when I was going through quite a hard period in my life. I was a freshman in high school and I was treated poorly by my peers, and I felt as if I was trapped in a horrible place. Then, I started Warenotice. It was my way out of whatever nonsense kids gave me at school. It was, to be honest, my "happy place." My videos were popular and I loved it. I've been totally dedicated to Warenotice ever since and now I have nearly a quarter of a million total views on YouTube. But you know what I don't have? 1,000 subscribers. So, when I read that YouTube was making these changes (you can read them for yourself here) it absolutely broke my heart. YouTube saved me from despair and makes me happier than I can even put into words. And the fact that this great feeling is set to be stolen from me soon is terrifying and deeply saddening. It's hard to justify to others spending hours upon hours working on videos if I'm not earning so much as a penny. It's also hard to even make those videos without money--I'm a tech YouTuber who needs to unbox things, and unboxings can get expensive. I also know a handful of other small YouTubers who are just getting started on the platform. The thought that the big iron hand of YouTube is set to crush their dreams too is also significantly saddening. It was bad enough that YouTube had set a 10,000 total view minimum for monetization earlier, but hey, at least that would only amount to give or take $10 of loss in the long run for YouTubers. But this early 2018 YouTube Partner Program change is absolutely ridiculous and inexcusable. I know that I will not stand by while YouTube crushes my aspirations, the aspirations of my friends, and the aspirations of small YouTubers worldwide in an effort to please giant corporate advertisers scared off by the disgusting likes of Logan Paul. YouTube, we all come from humble beginnings, and so do you. It's time you remember this and #DoNotDemonetize the up and coming YouTube star that every single last one of us is.   Sincerely, Shane Mumma CEO, Warenotice youtube.com/warenotice

Warenotice
2,827 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Министър на културата

Защити свободата си на изразяване от новата директива за авторското право

#English below Отвореният интернет даде възможност на много от нас да прекосят граници със своята работа, да имат достъп до знание и да общуват свободно помежду си. На прага сме това да се промени и разчитаме да не го допуснеш. Не пускай частната цензура в своя компютър. Какво се случва? По време на българското Председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз се очаква  да се приеме новата Директива относно авторското право в цифровия единен пазар. В нея е включен и спорният Член 13, според който всички интернет сайтове, работещи със съдържание, качено от потребителите, ще трябва да инсталират автоматични системи за предварително следене, разпознаване и триене на съдържание. Това решение ще застраши основните права и свободи както на българите, така и на всички останали граждани на Европейския съюз. Защо е важно да бъдем чути? Защото Член 13 на директивата задължава интернет платформите да филтрират видеоклиповете, музиката, снимките и текстовете, които техните потребители споделят, под заплаха, че ако допуснат публикуването на незаконно съдържание, доставчиците на интернет услуги ще отговарят директно за това. Формулировката на Комисията е толкова обща и неясна, че би могла да се отнесе за всички  интернет услуги (не само UGC платформи, но и хостинг компании, доставчици на облачни услуги и т.н.). Новите задължения ще принудят всякакви интернет проекти да контролират и да прилагат широкомащабна “частна цензура” върху съдържанието, което обслужват, за да избегнат всякакъв риск от директна отговорност за такова съдържание. Това би имало унищожителен ефект върху свободата на изразяване, творчеството и иновациите. Защо това ме интересува? Роботи ще решават какво може и какво не може да бъде споделяно от нас. Те нямат чувство за хумор, ирония или пък нюанс. Те не разграничават правомерната употреба на чужди авторски произведения от пиратството – те просто ще трият. Роботите не разбират кога съдържанието е използвано правомерно за целите на цитата, анализа, критиката или с образователна цел, по силата на лицензи или в ремикси. Роботи ще следят нашите действия в интернет и ще ги цензурират. Роботите ще ограничат достъпа ни до знание. Роботите ще сложат край на отворения интернет без цензура, който Европа до този момент познаваше. Роботите ще върнат България години назад, когато цензурата беше част от нашия живот. Покажи, че не си съгласен Член 13 да въведе частна цензура! Обсъждането и бъдещото гласуване на Член 13 се случва в европейските институции с малко обществено внимание. В следващите месеци, когато България председателства Европейския съюз, ние можем да направим промяната и да не оставим дебата за свободата на словото, изразяването и интернет да се реши без съпротива в коридорите на НДК. До лятото, единствено България, като Председател на Съвета на Европейския съюз, има право да предлага компромиси в законопроекта! Единственият начин е да упражним граждански натиск и да бъдем чути. Ако не искаш да бъдеш следен, ако не искаш съдържанието ти да бъде цензурирано от роботи, ако не искаш Член 13 да бъде приет – Подпиши петицията! English The open Internet has enabled many of us to cross borders with their work, to have access to knowledge and to communicate freely with each other. We're on the verge of changing it, and we rely on you not to let it go. Do not run private censorship on your computer. What is happening? During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the new Directive on copyright in the digital single market is expected to be adopted. It also includes the controversial Article 13, which states that all user-uploaded web sites will need to install automatic content tracking, recognition, and rubbing systems. This decision will endanger the fundamental rights and freedoms of both Bulgarians and all other citizens of the European Union. Why is it important to be heard? Because Article 13 of the Directive obliges Internet platforms to filter the videos, music, photos and texts their users share under the threat that if they allow the publishing of illegal content, the ISPs will be directly responsible for this. The Commission's wording is so general and vague that it could refer to all Internet services (not only UGC platforms, but also hosting companies, cloud service providers, etc.). The new obligations will force any internet projects to control and implement large-scale "private censorship" of the content they serve in order to avoid any risk of direct responsibility for such content. This would have a devastating effect on freedom of expression, creativity and innovation. 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. Robots will return Bulgaria back years when censorship was part of our lives. Show that you do not agree Article 13 to introduce private censorship! The discussion and future vote on Article 13 takes place in the European institutions with little public attention. In the months ahead, when Bulgaria presides over the European Union, we can make the change and not allow the debate on freedom of speech, expression and the Internet to resolve without resistance in the corridors of the National Palace of Culture. By the summer, only Bulgaria, as President of the Council of the European Union, has the right to offer compromises in the bill! The only way is to exert civic pressure and to be heard. If you do not want to be tracked if you do not want your content censored by robots if you do not want Article 13 to be accepted - Sign the petition!        

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17 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Congress, Federal Trade Commission

Introducing the Right to Remove Personal Information from Search Engines in the U.S.

This petition is for new legislation that should be enacted to provide citizens with privacy protection regarding their sensitive data on search engines. Visit https://Right2Remove.us for more information.Online privacy is increasingly becoming a very concrete social issue impacting families and communities, job opportunities, and mental health. Phenomena such as online harassment, bullying, blackmail, shaming, and hate speech are affecting vulnerable people who do not have the financial and technical means to defend themselves. Basic human dignity is infringed upon, since many are suffering due to stigmas attached to their online information. Search engines have emerged as the gatekeepers of malicious information online. This is why several countries around the world have introduced the so-called Right To Be Forgotten law, which even if not yet perfected, allows for the removal of sensitive information from search engine results. In the United States, there has been a lack of conversation and understanding concerning this right.Personal information concerning common people and the most vulnerable individuals shouldn’t be available on search engines because it violates their dignity, security, and right to privacy. Right to Remove is an Internet privacy policy which identifies straightforward categories of personal information for the legal right to remove links and content from search engines results. Visit https://Right2Remove.us for more information.The Right to Remove would be a simple and workable federal bill to be introduced to Congress and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.Special categories of information that have an impact on the privacy and security of a subject’s private life and should be part of a basic Right to Remove from search engines: Criminal Justice • Data on civil courts cases and registries such as: divorces, marriages, deaths, and births. • Data on victims, offenders, witnesses, lawyers, verdicts, and testimonies of offenses. • Data collected and filed in courtrooms and in law enforcement offices. About Minors • Data about minors posted or used by them or by any other parties. • Bullying, such as unkind commentary, mocking, hate speech, and name-calling. 
 Intimacy • Information of an intimate nature, such as family matters and personal relationships. • Explicit sexual content, such as “revenge porn” or unconsented explicit material. • Information on sexuality or sexual orientation, activities, and preferences. Free Expression • Information on political affiliations, voting records, and opinion. • Information on religious beliefs, preferences, and activities. • Information on ethnicity, race, and citizenship status. Health • Information on the use of drugs for recreation or due to addiction. • Data on a person’s health, such as medication, disabilities, and diseases. Financial and Personal Security • Data on personal financial records such as debt or assets. • Data that uniquely identifies a subject, such as ID, license plate, or biometric data. • Data collected inside private property, workplaces, or governmental offices. General Abuses • Information about victims of abuse, violence, threats, extortion, exploitation, and humiliation. • Information that perpetually or periodically stigmatizes a person as a consequence of past situations.
None of this information should be searchable on search engines under an individual’s name.
This right applies only to ordinary private individuals and not to businesses, public entities, or public figures. Visit https://Right2Remove.us for more information. The urgency of the Right to Remove is about reminding others of online harassment of women, those in the LGBTQ community, and vulnerable individuals. There have been several suicide cases due to bullying and revenge porn, forms of racism and hate speech that trigger physical violence, or public criminal records produced by mass incarceration that unfairly stigmatize people. Search engine firms and the legal instruments available do not handle all of these situations properly. For instance, even information about minors published online is not regulated in most states.  

Paolo Cirio
371 supporters