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internet freedom

44 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to FCC, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ajit Pai

Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration

The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world.  However, the simple policy that keeps the internet a strangely level-playing field (and the internet itself) is under fire from both the Trump administration and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are set to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and monetary gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans look to deregulate private industries.  As a junior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like running water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at a major disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.  

Blake Cerenzia
10,710 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to People of the Philippines, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Gamaliel Cordoba, Globe Telecom, PLDT

Stop Globe and PLDT's exploitation of everyone's dream of a Free, Open Internet

The whole world's already got a problem dealing with this mess, but some people are still unaware of how bad the situation is, namely the Filipino people, and it's just about time to set things right. Every Filipino can relate to this. Our country, though dubbed as the "Rising Tiger of Asia" and the "Social Media Capital of the World", still continues to lag behind (arguably one of the slowest) when it comes to Internet service, that even the process of making this petition almost caused me physical pain. You know that feeling of waiting for an eternity just so that you can read this "important" person's message or just so you can confirm some business transaction or watch that cooking tutorial, that's some situations that a lot of us had faced one form or another. If you guys didn't notice, we're being monopolized by this 2 Internet tycoons, Globe and PLDT, for about 5 decades and we're still oblivious to it, while being all whining and complaining about that download that took forever to finish, always blaming that our neighbors probably know the password of our WiFi, when the truth is, the one we should be pointing our fingers at are these two corporations and their elites that have been exploiting us will continue exploiting us for decades to come if don't take action right now. Some of their controversial acts are as follows: Participates in questionable practices (unfair treatment of employess, engages costumers in "no-return" plans just through phone calls, etc.) (No compassion for poor employees who steal company property) Mundane but influential use of false advertising Even with better infrastructure that our taxes funded, they avoid using it in order to forse consumers to continue on with their 'traditional scam' Illegally using their so-called Fair Use Policy as a loophole to excuse their costumers and the public's valid concern Connections and tie-ins with the Government allowed them to remain as the two sole "competing" telecoms in the country, even going as far to deny entry of potentially "true competitors" Never does and avoids internal investigation requests (http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-break-telecom-monopoly/290364) And apart from the many other atrocities they committed, they still managed to continue their operations and serve as our #1 and #2 ISP's (Internet Service Provider). And if you do an in-depth analysis of their 'service', they're arguably "sue-able". And if that's not concerning enough, let me tell you about data caps: Never heard about them? Cause that's exactly the problem. Let's just take Globe for example, the ISP we're subscribed too (and no one's happy with it). They're offering this "Unlimited Internet" plans, just with a data allowance of 50 GB for example, and this plan also comes with free HOOQ, Spotify, Netflix, etc. So if you're not exactly familiar with terms like that, you would say "Wooooowww!!! Unli-Internet? With free Spotify too?! Come to papa!!!" And that's what most of us are. See, they're just throwing techno-babble at the wall, without even explaining what they are. And about false advertising: we are currently subscribed to Plan 1199 of Globe, with a minimum speed of 2 mbps, surprise, even with that data cap refreshed, never has our Internet speed reach that so-called minimum speed, and with that said, I so badly want to sue them. Just open your eyes, and evidences of their dirty practices are pouring everywhere. This is a clear violation of Net Neutrality (Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom), and at its very worse, another potential bottleneck for the freedom of information around the world. Having this sluggish Internet behavior is a huge inconvenience and just served to damage a lot of businesses and hurt many potential entrepreneurs. This is a disaster in-the-making if we let this continue.As a tax-paying Filipino who supports a free and open Internet, I believe that it's finally time for us to make our stand and voice-out. Let's make this ISP's stop treating us as cows to milk for profit, let's make them change paths for the betterment of everyone involved. A regulation must be finally put in place to prevent the damage from going even worse. So please sign this petition and help us break this telecom monopoly. Yenzy HebronA Filipino Aspirant More info at: https://www.change.org/p/stop-data-capping and Why data caps are cencorship?

Yenzy Urson Hebron
139 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate

Protect Our Internet Privacy From Being Sold Out

UPDATE: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-protect-our-internet-privacy-from-being-sold-out/u/19925177 The Problem - S.J.Res.34 BillOn April 3rd, 2017 President Trump signed a bill to kill the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) privacy framework, which was created to protect the usage of broadband consumers' sensitive data: Requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to ask for permission before collecting sensitive information such as content of communications, precise geo-location, financial information, etc. Allowing users to opt out of giving sensitive information to ISPs Only allow ISPs to collect basic service information Notify customers within 30 days that their data has been stolen in a data breach ISPs (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Cox, etc) have lobbied $1,726,288 against these regulations and have passed the bill through Senate 50 to 48 and the House 215 to 205. These votes were made along party lines but whether you are on the Democrat or Republican side, this issue affects the privacy of all Americans sets precedent for future privacy-killing laws being passed. The elimination of of these rules allows ISPs to: Monitor and sell all of your location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits without your permission Hijack your search results and redirect your traffic to paying third parties Insert ads into web pages that would not have otherwise had them Why Does This Matter The issue directly affects your privacy in the United States, and will indirectly affect it outside of North America. The passing of this bill allows the government and corporations to take away your rights for the sake of profit, and it will begin to pave the way for them to take away more rights in the future. Whether your privacy and the passing of this law is a concern to you or not, everyone has a fundamental right to their privacy just as they have a right to free speech, a decent standard of living, and/or any other basic human right. Allowing corporations into your digital life is no different than allowing strangers into your home and personal belongings, and with the passing of this bill, you are letting them sell who you are to anyone willing to pay. "Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say" - Edward SnowdenWhat You Can Do To Protect Yourself Although this bill has already been signed into law, a new law can be passed to reinstate the FCC's "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Communication Services" rules. Start by signing and sharing this petition and the petition on the official White House website which is linked below. Contact your representatives and ask them to introduce and vote for a new bill to reinstate the rules. White House Website Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reinstating-protecting-privacy-customers-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-services Contact Your House Representative: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep Contact Your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Concerned Anonymous
20,955 supporters