Petition to Etisalat UAE, DU UAE, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of UAE
UAE: Stop Blocking VOIP Services
For far too long, Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the United Arab Emirates such as Etisalat and DU have been blocking VoIP services in the region. VoIP (or Voice over Internet Protocol) is a tool that allows people to communicate to others wirelessly instead of using traditional phones which can save people millions each year. VoIP is crucial and needed for many families who are living in the United Arab Emirates and need to contact their loved ones who are living outside of the UAE. There are so many residents in the UAE who have family members and loved ones who live off-seas and an easy, and free way to contact them and keep in touch is via VoIP. I personally, used VoIP services ever since they were introduced. They have saved me millions of dirhams (AED) a year and I cannot stress how important it is to so many people that cannot afford extra charges when they call people who are out of the country. Discord, Skype, TeamSpeak, Viber, WhatsApp, everything has been blocked by Etisalat and DU in the UAE, however, they don't realize the families who suffer each day since they cannot contact their loved ones and play with their friends online games. This petition is to encourage Etisalat, DU and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to release their ban on VOIP services such as Skype and make their guidelines more flexible.
Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has tutored, led classes, and generally helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.
Petition to Tumblr
Don't go through with the Tumblr December 17, 2018 NSFW ban.
ProblemTumblr is working to ban all NSFW, including illustrations from their platform. This is devastating to thousands of users who are planning to leave the app completely and try to find another platform to express themselves. Alot of people made their way to what they really wanted to do through this app, and now it's being removed completely. The only site on the internet that wasnt censored completely of an aspect of human life. NOBODY is happy about this update and it shouldn't be gone through with. Tumblr will lose over half of its users and will crash and burn and be abandoned like MySpace.SolutionThe algorithm needs to be worked on to prevent the surfacing of CP, or sexual imagery of children that pedophiles post. THIS needs to be targetted, NOT the artists who make their living on this app. Personal storyI personally follow aswell as support many NSFW artists whos work is extremely beautiful and inspiring. Im not trying to see that go down in flames because tumblr wants to be lazy, get rid of EVERYTHING NSFW and not focus on what matters. I personally plan to leave the app too if this is gone through with.
Petition to Google, Inc, Google
Make YouTube fix their broken system
YouTube has long been a great place for creative types to express themselves, for people to have an outlet to vent their frustrations, to exchange ideas, to meet new friends, to learn new things and educate others, and to form a community around niche interests that may not have a big following in the real world. YouTubers, as these YouTube stars are known, come from all walks of life and started creating content for different reasons, and have created a flourishing community of diverse content and many became partnered with AdSense through YouTube, which allowed them to earn money to increase production values to create better content. Unfortunately, over the past several years, some YouTubers have exploited and abused the loopholes in the system, and instead of enforcing their own rules and disciplining those particular users, YouTube decided to go the route of punishing all content creators through changes that have made the site increasingly hostile to small content creators,new content creators, and older established content creators who built their audience around a particular niche that's no longer supported by the YouTube algorithm. Video views have plummeted after each algorithm change and many large YouTubers that were once reeling in hundreds of thousands to millions of views per video eventually found themselves struggling to break past the triple digits, despite their videos continuing to receive mostly likes and positive feedback. The most infamous of these changes happened in early 2018 after the infamous Logan Paul video, rather than taking action against one of their top stars, they have once again decided to take action against the entire YouTube community except for the larger YouTubers who have violated the rules. As of February 2018, any channel with less than 1000 subscribers and/or that does not earn 240,000 watch minutes per year has been demonetized, which is an inordinate amount of watch minutes for any channel with less than 20,000 subscribers, clearly favoring old media that can churn out lots of content per day, or gaming channels that often produce multi-hour long streams. This means that the YouTubers who produced shorter videos no longer have the money to put back into their channels that they once had. Even worse than the absurd partner requirements is the ease in which a video can be demonetized, age-restricted, or even result in a community guidelines strike if a viewer with an agenda decides to flag the video. A video with the word "butt" in it can be demonetized, A video depicting any kind of science demonstration can be age-restricted, or even result in a community guidelines strike if a user decides to use the flag button as the "dislike, but more so" button. Many YouTubers have lost their accounts over such "inappropriate" content that is no more "extreme" than one of Tim Allen's mishaps on Home Improvement or a science demonstration that Bill Nye did on his children's show back in the 90's. In the past the most common kind of strike was a copyright strike when a company filed a DMCA takedown for use of their content. Now community guidelines strikes are far more common. YouTube has the potential to once again be a great platform for people of all walks of life to create their own niche communities with their own types of users, sort of a Reddit with videos, if you will. But with algorithm changes and ambiguous rules with arbitrary rule enforcement that leads to many users being limited in what they can create, slowly forcing YouTube creators to stay within a strict set of parameters that is leading to old media slowly taking the place of organic content creators, turning YouTube into HollywoodTube, when we already have television and movies. If you're a YouTube content creator, enjoy watching YouTubers, know people who do YouTube for a living or hobby, or simply care about free speech and free expression and don't want to see YouTube go the way of the dodo because of poor decision making, I urge you to sign this petition and share it on your social media and urge others to sign this petition.
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 had to immediately meet these thresholds before entering the YouTube Partner Program while pre-existing channels were kicked out of the program on February 20 if they did not meet both of these requirements. Thus, we are demanding that YouTube abolish these new requirements and undo demonetizing these small YouTubers for having under 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. Not only do these new rules obviously hurt already-established channels such as mine, but they 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 didn't have when YouTube announced these rule changes? 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
Petition to DALnet , toolman
remeve ayukawa oline
on what grounds has AYUKAWA OLINE? Abuse of power and more, I think oolman anhberh and Mirclmax.. must immediate remov oline from ayukawa and they would need to take actions to Ayukawa.. from now.. they are taking REGULAR chatters from all channels to #oxford Ayukawa ASK FOR @ IN # presenr to excuses for being removing me and ban for no reason.. My point was that ssunita was inviting regulars from liberty for her channel.. I just shut that down.. so Ayukawa his excuses to me.. Else Oline removed.. They Whole danet Staff make the Wrong Choice.. It was an ABUSE OF POWER.. So oline need to be removed
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
There’s been enough election misinformation: Tell Congress to pass the Honest Ads bill
With the midterms over, the time is now to focus on what the 2020 election could hold. In both the 2016 and 2018 elections, Russian financed bots and fake accounts coordinated a vast propaganda campaign to divide Americans and spread disinformation. There’s a solution waiting in the wings. The Honest Ads bill would require all online political ads to be under the same scrutiny as TV and radio campaign advertising. Over 200 million Americans get their news online and from social media. Right now, the Honest Ads bill is waiting to be brought to a vote in the Senate. Elections have consequences, tell the U.S. Senate and House to pass Honest Ads bill and stop these bots. Election after election has been flooded with misinformation campaigns led by the Kremlin. During the height of the 2016 presidential race, Russian entities bought $100,000 in political ads to specifically target, misinform, and divide Americans. They bought ads on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. These posts overwhelmed election content, accounting for roughly 30% to 40% of all election oriented Tweets in key swing states. Even Facebook wants to see the Honest Ads bill become law. In order for elections to work, the electorate (aka: the people), need to be well informed. That can’t happen when fake accounts are misinforming voters. Now that over 70% of Americans get their news from social media and online platforms, it’s never been more important to pass the Honest Ads bill. Demand Congress protect Americans from Kremlin-funded agendas, pass the Honest Ads bill.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell Congress to protect privacy, companies shouldn’t be able to buy & sell location data
Mobile phone apps collect detailed location data, everyday. What it does with that data has now come to light. Some 75 companies receive anonymous location data mined from smartphone apps. Many of those companies say that they track up to 200 million devices in the United States alone. While this may sound shocking, there is currently no federal law against the collection and sale of location data. Tell Congress to stand up for data privacy, make it illegal to collect and sell location data. Any app where location services is turned on, like weather apps and map apps, can be used to collect and later sell location data. A recent New York Times investigation shows just how intimate this data can be. A teacher’s location data showed how long she was at the doctor and every place she’s been: from her ex-boyfriend’s, to work, to the airport, and even a hike she went on. Location data is collected without phone numbers or other personal information, but the data collected is tied to a unique ID number. That ID number allows individuals with access to the raw data to identify a person without their consent. It can be done through targeting someone’s residence, work, or other places they hangout. Once collected, location data is sold to retailers and advertisers for targeted advertising. Just in 2018, location-targeted advertising reached $21 billion in sales. Even IBM is getting involved, by purchasing the Weather Channel’s apps. Everyone has a right to privacy, but big companies are profiting off of location data. Tell Congress to act now to protect the privacy of Americans. There is no federal law limiting the collection and sale of consumer location data. Tell Congress to protect data privacy, companies shouldn’t be able to buy and sell location data.