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Started 1 day ago

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

Protect Our Internet Privacy From Being Sold Out

The Problem - S.J.Res.34 Bill On March 23rd, 2017 the Senate voted 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. Whether you are on the Democrat or Republican side, this issue will affect the privacy of all Americans and set precedent for future privacy-killing laws being passed. The elimination of of these rules will allow 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 will directly affect your privacy in the United States, and will indirectly affect it outside of North America. The passing of this bill will allow 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 will let 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 Snowden   What You Can Do To Protect Yourself Although this bill has already passed the Senate, it still has to go through the House of Representatives and the President. Start by signing this petition, then contact the representative in your district by email or phone which you can find through this link: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep

Concerned Anonymous
325 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs.

Jon Humphrey
397 supporters
Update posted 4 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
10,028 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Apple

Dear Apple, please rethink gendered emoji recommendations

Dear Apple, When I was typing on my iPhone recently, I had an extremely unpleasant finding. While the emoji recommendations are typically fine, the first recommendation  for "CEO" was a male in business attire. (If you're trying this on your phone try it without changing the capitalizations as: "Ceo" though the recommendations may vary from phone to phone. Also try: "Cto" "Cfo" and "Doctor") At a time when women earn $0.78 for every $1 a man makes and women hold 5% of CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies, this discovery felt like salt in the wound. This may be an unintended consequence of a small design feature, but its implication is strong. Is this the message that you want to send to your daughters and women around the world? That they shouldn't dream of leading organizations to create the change they wish to see in the world? As one of the most influential companies in the world, you have tremendous power and responsibility to create technology and products that help better millions of lives. I urge you to rethink the gendered recommendations to give the male and female emoji equal screen time or eliminate gendered recommendations altogether, so that young girls around the world can be dreamers too. Nearly every moment of a female’s life after birth, gender stereotypes are taught and perpetuated. Girls should wear pink. They should play with dolls. They should be “sweet” and “kind.” Now these gender stereotype reinforcements are also pervading the digital world. This simple character association implies the many issues inherent in global society. An adult who sees this emoji recommendation might not think twice. However, the influence this has on the youth around the world has a rippling effect. This reinforces the omnipresent notion that men are the only ones capable of being decision makers and change makers. This also shows that it’s more important than ever to keep diversity in mind when hiring and building teams, to ensure that products are designed with all genders and races in mind.  Thank you, Ini Li Update: I'm also not the first person to discover or talk about this. For further reading, see: http://mashable.com/2017/03/03/apple-emoji-predictions-sexist/#skIhLCgqriqj  and http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-unicode-female-profession-emoji

Ini Li
57 supporters