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technology

49 petitions

Started 5 days 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
37,100 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
177,374 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Google Inc., Google Maps, Google

Create Wheelchair Friendly Routes on Google Maps

For most, Google Maps is an essential app used for navigation and travel. It’s revolutionised people’s daily lives - that is if you don’t have a disability. If you do it’s a very different story.   Despite providing different options for all modes of personal and public transport, there are no alternative routes that support those who are disabled or in need of assistance, the main example of this being a lack of wheelchair friendly options. Over the last year, I attempted to travel around London with people who have a range of disabilities, including my mum, who relies on a wheelchair for some journeys. However, we found that all routes provided by Google Maps demanded stairs, bumpy paths, small hills, foot bridges, crossings without slopes and many times there was no room on the pavement for the chair. Most tube services aren't disabled friendly and ruled out yet another option of easy transport. Even if we did want to rely on other forms of public transport, we found that taxi companies struggled to accommodate the chair and buses were too full. Sometimes we’ve been forced to travel along bikes lanes (highly dangerous) or were just walking in opposite directions until it was safe to continue on normal paths. As an alternative, we sought out other maps like Citymapper but this provided us with no relief either. We're constantly trying to make cities and travel accessible, however this seems to be a highly discriminating factor. It's bad enough that only 70 out of 270 tube stations are step-free but by not providing these alternative routes, we're restricting those not as able. We should be advancing and making sure everyone has equal opportunities to be independent. This would not only benefit those who need extra support but families with pushchairs and those reliant on other forms of help like a walking frame. It should be easy for everyone to get around, no matter who you are! Please sign and support this petition to create wheelchair friendly routes available on Google Maps.  

Belinda Bradley
298,890 supporters