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Started 19 hours ago

Petition to Facebook

Let's Stop Blood Shortages!

Increased demand for blood transfusions is contributing to the nationwide blood shortage. Blood transfusions are utilized for organ transplants, heart surgeries, chemotherapy, and much more. The summer and winter holidays, flu season, and weather conditions contribute to a shortage of tens of thousands of blood donations each year. 4.5 million Americans would die each year without lifesaving blood transfusions. 60% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate- only 5% do on a yearly basis. What if there was a way to increase the number of blood donations? There is. Facebook has hundreds of millions of users in the United States alone. Facebook’s mission is to build an online community and bring the world closer together. Leveraging the social network to increase blood donations is one of the ways that we can tap into its potential to save millions of lives and bring the world closer together. Facebook already possesses technology that allows for a personalized advertising platform which targets audience location, age, and interests. It also possesses technology that allows users to mark themselves as safe during an emergency. I’m sure Facebook can employ these technologies to create a notification system when blood banks are experiencing a shortage. It’s honestly a simple idea: when blood supplies run low, hospitals and donation centers can notify Facebook users in the vicinity of a shortage. Users can then click on the notification and obtain more information about where to donate. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative’s mission is to support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, and manage all diseases by the end of this century. Facebook already has the technology to save countless lives. Although it may take a few months to test and develop this notification system, it’s important that this system is implemented. This is not a feature that the world wants from Facebook. It’s a feature that the world needs from Facebook. Let our voices be heard and let’s work together for progress! Please sign and share!

Elizabeth Z
7 supporters
Update posted 2 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 Bellingham is hurting. Like many other cities nationwide we have high unemployment, low wages, and a host of economic, social and environmental problems. This inexpensive solution would help us address all of them, and maintain net-neutrality by creating a public, net-neutral option. In fact over 450 other cities have already implemented solutions like this, but our leaders are reluctant to even give our citizens access to the resources they've already paid for, much less prepare our city for the future.  As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several net-neutral 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. This petition asks for the city to give the public access to the broadband resources we've already paid for, expand our critical publicly owned broadband infrastructure, establish a Dig Once Policy for Bellingham and Whatcom County, allow multiple providers into multi-unit dwellings, and provide high quality internet access to all residents that truly address our Digital Divide issues. 

Jon Humphrey
1,546 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Apple, Phil Schiller, Dan Riccio, Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, Jony Ive, Tim Cook

Apple: Recall MacBook Pro w/ Defective Keyboard, Replace with DIFFERENT Working Keyboard

Apple, it's time: recall every MacBook Pro released since Late 2016, and replace the keyboards on all of them with new, redesigned keyboards that just work. Because, these keyboards don't work. Every one of Apple's current-gen MacBook Pro models, 13" and 15", is sold with a keyboard that can become defective at any moment due to a design failure. The problems are widespread, consistent, and infuriating. Casey Johnston:“My one-year-old MacBook Pro's keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there, and more importantly, neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem…. Since I wrote about my experience, many have asked me what happened with the new top half of the computer that the Apple Geniuses installed, with its pristine keyboard and maybe-different key switches. The answer is that after a couple of months, I started to get temporarily dead keys for seemingly no reason. Again.”Jason Snell:“Apple’s relative silence on this issue for existing customers is deafening. If these problems are remotely as common as they seem to be, this is an altogether defective product that should be recalled.”John Gruber:“This keyboard has to be one of the biggest design screwups in Apple history. Everyone who buys a MacBook depends upon the keyboard and this keyboard is undependable.” Jonathan Mann:“I’m pressing the spacebar and nothing is happening!” Marco Arment:“Butterfly keyswitches are a design failure…. they are fatally unreliable.” Mike Wuerthele:“The failure rate of the keyboard in the first year on the 2016 MacBook Pro is a ticking time bomb for users.” I'm writing this petition on a Late 2016 13" MBP keyboard with a defective L key and a defective Shift Key. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Oh boy, do I just ove proofreading my text to find missing Ls. Not. And, I meant 'love.' L key didn’t work there. Yes, I took this machine to a Genius Bar. They replaced the L key. The replacement L key failed. Then the Shift key failed. If you, Apple, want to continue to pretend this isn’t a problem, your head is buried deep in the silicon. “Design is how it works.” These don’t. Everyone who bought this computer bought a Lemon, or at the least, a potential Lemon when one speck of dust gets under the keys. There should be a Lemon Law for laptops. Appe, (yup - the L key failed again), I am tempted to write a bunch of stuff about how I’ve been using Apple computers since 1981, how I’ve purchased tens of thousands of dollars of your gear, how I’ve recommended you to all of my friends and colleagues. But, I really shouldn’t have to say all of that because this issue should matter to you whether I’m a long-term Apple customer, or this MacBook Pro was my first-ever purchase. This should matter to you because you should care about Apple products working. Given the denial and obfuscation with which your customer service team has handled this issue, I have lost a lot of faith. Recalling all of these MBPs would be costly. Billions? It would be a recall of perhaps unprecedented size, implications, and complexity.And, it’s the right thing to do. If you can incinerate tens of billions on a stock repurchase program that creates nothing of real value, surely you can deploy some of your cash hoard for replacement laptop keyboards that work.To be clear: we don’t want another of the same keyboard, which is going to fail again, as Casey Johnston’s replacement did. We want a redesigned keyboard, that works reliably. Stand behind your signature. P.S. - And no, we don’t want a can of compressed air. The fact that you have a support page about that is not only perplexing — we never had to use compressed air on past MacBook Pro keyboards — it's a sign of Big Problems in Cupertino. P.P.S. - For the Jim Dalrympes of the world who like this keyboard and have been lucky enough not to experience key failures, we are not proposing a forcible recall. If those folks, with full awareness of this problem, want to play Russian Roulette and hope their keyboards don't fail later, let them. We are requesting a recall program to provide redesigned, replacement keyboards for those of us who want our keyboards to work reliably, and for consumers who may not even be aware of the 'ticking time bomb' they own. Sorry I misspelled your, surname, Jim. The L key failed. Again.

Matthew Taylor
32,396 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Kevin Systrom, Mark Zuckerberg

Demand Instagram Change Its Rules Against Animal Cruelty

We are requesting Instagram take stronger action against animal cruelty. Too many posts depicting animal violence have been uploaded with no retribution. When a report is made, Instagram, time and time again, have said the post is within its regulations. It is inexplicable why images of abused and murdered animals are deemed appropriate when selfies of people with exotic animals are not. We ask that Instagram: 1) Prevent the uploading of images glorifying the abuse, torture, and murder of animals as well as images promoting the hunting of animals for recreation by users who are not utilizing such images for activism or educational purposes. (If the posts are for the appropriate causes, images depicting farm conditions, cross cultural events/incidents, and reposted images meant to spread awareness and catch offenders must not be banned.) 2*) Add an “Animal Abuse” option under “Report.” 3) A team of REAL people able to discern the in/appropriateness of reported images who will follow the aforementioned guidelines faithfully so as the removal of activist content/profiles will not transpire. 4) The reporting of suspected animal abuse to animal welfare organizations. 5) Assist animal welfare organizations in the investigation of animal cruelty.  We are standing up for those who do not have a voice, and we are asking you to do the same.  Special thanks to Simonne, Ashley, Katie Robertson*, & Kahtia 

Ann Y.
243,341 supporters