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technology

127 petitions

Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Tim Cook

Apple: Are the new iPhones built by child labour?

Last week, Apple launched its new range of $1,000+ iPhones and watches. Over the years I've owned a range of Apple products and will never forget the first time I got hold of one of the first iPods - what a wonderful creation! 1,000 songs in my pocket! Later I bought a MacBook for uni and was able to do cool presentations and edit photos and videos. I'm like hundreds of millions of people who have experienced the magical creations of Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook. There's no doubt that Apple has made a good dent in the universe. However - to be cliche - there are always bad apples. In the last few years, Apple have come under scrutiny for cases of suicide in the Foxconn factory where their products are assembled, and the investigations by Amnesty International which found children as young as four years old mining minerals in dangerous working conditions for as little as £0.08 a day.  To their credit, since these issues became news, Apple paid attention and took action in 2017 to these injustices. But even more recent reports allege Apple may have committed human rights abuses this year. It is not at all clear. And as consumers and citizens, we can take steps to ensure there's no blood spilled in the production of the things we buy, and exercise our responsibilities to protect fellow humans’ rights in the digital age.  That's why this petition asks Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc., for transparency on the following: 1. Can you confirm that the newly released Apple products have not sourced any minerals from mines with child labour?2. Can you confirm the minimum pay of workers in your supply chain?3. Will work with us and our union of citizens to shape tech for good? If you want answers to these questions too, please sign this petition. Thank you. Together, we're stronger. Kind regards, Alvin Carpio

Alvin Carpio
43,770 supporters
Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Hold Facebook to account #TalkToUsMark

In the last few days it has been uncovered that the personal data of 50 million ordinary people on Facebook was used to sway the US elections in 2016. Cambridge Analytica’s use of this data without permission or knowledge has dominated the headlines. I’m a big fan of Facebook, I use it everyday to share information and connect with friends and family near and far. My closest friends even poke fun at me for ‘completing the Facebook game’, having maxed out the number of connections allowed! I do not doubt the huge value Facebook has given the world. That’s why I’m so worried - we ARE Facebook. And I’m not alone: The hashtag #deletefacebook has even trended on Twitter! Authorities in the United States and Europe have called for Mark Zuckerberg to face them; Cambridge Analytica’s CEO has been suspended; Facebook investors have sued the company, and; the platform has lost US$60bn in market value so far. Governments and the market has responded. How should we, as citizens, respond? As an avid user, my main question is: Can I still trust Facebook to protect my data? And as a citizen, my main question is: how has this data sharing impacted elections around the world? Therefore, this petition calls for two simple things: We call for Mark Zuckerberg to testify to the UK Parliament and US Congress to answer these urgent questions, and; We call for Facebook to investigate and list publicly any other violations of our data by other third parties. We want to give Mark Zuckerberg an opportunity to calm our nerves, and act upon Facebook’s community values of being open, inclusive, transparent, and trustworthy. The ball is now in his court. I hope you join me in signing the petition. Kind regards, Alvin CarpioCEO, The Fourth Group

Alvin Carpio
183,115 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to

Tesco Stop The Replacement of People by Machines

My name is Pat, I am 69 years old, and retired but I am a volunteer helping disabled people with applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) forms and a Trustee of Disability Network Hounslow. I am active in Hillingdon & Hounslow UNITE Community. My local Tesco's now has large numbers of 'self-service-card only tills (SSCOTs). My daughter Tash and I started the petition. What used to be a great shopping experience has now become physically difficult, overwhelming, and a 'nightmare'. At my local Tesco mega-store, and probably all over the country, Tesco is bringing in new self-service and sort-it-out-yourself card only till machines. They make up 2/3 of the tills now.  These new tills are not accessible for people who don't have credit cards and can only use cash or those with little confidence to use these self-service card-only tills - myself included. People such as carers, older people, many disabled people, especially those with mobility problems, manual dexterity issues or lifting problems are unlikely to be able to use these SSCOT's and will most likely have to queue waiting for more than 30 minutes to wait for a staffed till.  During busy times, the queue could be longer. Staff hours of work have been varied, its not that they've got rid of the staff, but they've replaced check-out staff with these new SSCOT's I love chatting with the staff, albeit briefly, especially as l live on my own. Talking with human staff is important to me. Now that experience has been taken away. With these new replacement Self-service-card-only tills (SSCOTs) you have to choose your shopping if you can find it, put it in the trolley, unpack it, load it onto the belt that is static, scan it (if the scanner works), shove it across with your elbow (the packing area is too small for a big shop) then it goes into the packing area, pay for it and then lift it off out of the packing area and then load it into your trolley. This is a physically taxing process. As an older woman, I can't lift anything heavy, and that goes for many disabled people. I had to get help to lift windscreen wash because it was too heavy.  I want Ken Murphy the Chief Executive Officer of Tesco's  to bring back more staffed tills and check outs. I want him to commit to a People & Profit Policy not a Profits before People Policy. Thank you for signing this petition.

Pat McCarthy
172,592 supporters