Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. There is a growing consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice and over 130 eminent organizations and leaders have voiced their support. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where consenting users chose what to buy and sell as long as no third party was harmed (some listings were prohibited). Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly personal amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for selling drugs himself but for creating a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. All the other defendants related to the case―including the actual drug sellers and the creator of Silk Road 2―received sentences ranging from 17 months to 10 years. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on uncharged, false allegations at sentencing. Ross was smeared in the media through false and inaccurate reporting. Ross was not treated fairly and his sentence is draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that starting Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross is not a danger to anyone. If released tomorrow, he would never come near breaking the law again. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man who is very much loved and has much to give. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has demonstrated exemplary behavior and tutored, led classes, and helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance. He dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, start a family, and use his education and skills to contribute to society. Mr. President, please commute Ross Ulbricht’s unjust sentence. Learn more about Ross's case at FreeRoss.org.
Petition to The Federal Trade Commission
SAVE Family-Friendly Content on YouTube
YouTube viewers and creators petition the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to clarify and reconsider the new Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA Rule) regulations on YouTube creators. Shutting off personalized ads on creators’ content will cause more harm than good, especially for children. Quality family-friendly content will shrink, while more mature content will grow — yet kids will still be watching. COPPA: Everything You Need To Know (VIDEO) The FTC should not expand COPPA regulations for content creators. Broadening the definition of “child-directed” to include “child-attractive” would force many more creators to turn off personalized ads. As a result, even more quality content will dry up, and more mature and extreme content will fill the platform. Write a Comment to the FTC Suggested Talking Points for Viewers and Creators The free YouTube Kids app is a better solution than regulation targeting family-friendly creators. YouTube Kids removes privacy concerns around personalized ads. Parents buy devices and allow their children to watch YouTube Main. Many parents prefer to use YouTube Main because it has more features and less barriers. Creators should not be punished when parents choose not to use YouTube Kids. COPPA is about putting parents in control of protecting their children’s personal information online. The FTC should not use COPPA to remove parents from the process in regulating content and online advertising. While large corporations will survive these changes, small business creators face terminating employees, changing their business model, or shutting down production altogether. These regulations will particularly hurt young underserved audiences who participate in YouTube communities on topics like special needs, faith, and minority groups. Limiting quality free content for kids expands the digital divide. Turning off personalized ads on kids’ content also encourages increased product placement and brand deals within kids’ content. Creators face COPPA fines up to $42,530 per video, yet the regulation and definition of “child-directed” is vague. The FTC needs to provide creators with enforcement clarity. We ask the FTC to: 1. Provide an enforcement statement for creators 2. Clarify the definition of “child-directed,” and not expand it to cover “child-attractive” content 3. Delay enforcement against creators until the FTC concludes its review of COPPA 4. Allow parents to use YouTube Kids or YouTube Main, without forcing creators to turn off personalized ads when parents choose to use YouTube Main
Petition to Johnny Isakson
NEW 5G WIFI COMING AND IT WILL KILL US ALL. THIS IS SERIOUS!First, there was 3G, then 4G and now we are heading into the era of 5G, while this is said to be an improvement it is also bringing with it harmful ultra-high microwave frequency radiation This is really serious we do not need 5G there is absolutely no reason for us to move forward to 5G .This is a battle that must be won and it can be by taking action and refusing to allow them to kill our children.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Department of Transportation
Demand Access to and Control of Your Car's Data
Cars today gather enormous amounts of data about the vehicle and its driver, including important maintenance and repair information. This valuable data helps drivers make smarter decisions about how to repair and maintain their cars. Most new cars are equipped with systems that wirelessly transmit this data. So who has access to the data your car collects? Not you. Sign our petition to demand Congress give vehicle owners access to and control of the data generated from their own vehicle. By 2022, 87 percent of new vehicles in the United States will be equipped with wireless technology that transmits vehicle data in real time, according to IHS Markit forecasts. Currently, data transmitted wirelessly goes only to the automakers, giving them full control over how it is used and who to share it with. Without direct access to and control of this data, vehicle owners may face higher costs and have fewer options when it comes to who maintains and repairs their vehicles, restricting their ability to choose more affordable repair options. Access to and control of valuable vehicle data is the only way to ensure consumers have a choice in where they repair their vehicle. Vehicle owners deserve the right to direct where their vehicle data goes, so they can make their own choices. Join the movement. Demand access to and control of your vehicle data. To learn more about your car and your data, visit our website.
Petition to Users, Contributors (Writers)
KEEP #HYRO ALIVE! (Free 80-Word Article Summaries)
SIGN THIS PETITION TO KEEP HYROGLF ALIVE! OUR STAKEHOLDERS NEED TO SEE MORE USER ACTIVITY AND SUMMARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO KEEP THE PLATFORM ALIVE AND DEVELOP MOBILE APP! SHARE PETITION AND SAVE #HYRO! You're Invited (Sign Up Link) Featured Summaries "The germiest place in your home and the best way to combat those microbes" "What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep" "The shoe industry is at war" "I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb" The Problem Everyday, we're flooded with attention-grabbing headlines. We initially click, scroll and browse to get more details. The initial intrigue suddenly dissipates with each wave of words we come across. We become conflicted, wanting to know more but turned-off and perhaps even overwhelmed by the oceans of long-winded text. We constantly feel behind, lacking the time (or attention-spans) to learn more about topics that interest us. To make matters worse, we're in a constant mental battle with advanced algorithms designed to distract us and capture our attention (eg Social Media, Netflix/YouTube Suggestions). As a quick-fix to help alleviate the stress, we save and bookmark articles with the genuine intention of eventually going back and reading them. But months later, we still haven't gotten around to it... The Solution Hyroglf is the new Summary-Sharing Platform. On HYRO, anyone can post 80-word limit summaries about anything. We're based out of Washington (DC) and we've added thousands of summaries since launching in 2017. Imagine how much more informed our society could be if we consistently condensed 10-30 minute articles in 30-60 second summaries? By making interesting and important information easier to absorb and remember, Hyroglf is Summarizing Your World. Your Role The goal of this petition is to make you aware of Hyroglf and encourage summary contributions. By signing this petition, you're validating the concept of summarizing interesting and important information. Ultimately, we need more users and contributors (writers) to succeed. Once potential contributors see the demand for more summaries from people signing this petition and from you sharing HYRO summaries, they'll supply more summaries. In addition to signing the petition, you're invited to Sign Up for Hyroglf using the link below. Registering will give you access to the topic pages (News, Politics, Entertainment, Sports, etc) and Search Functionality.http://hyroglf.com/invite Sign this Petition to make history as one of the original supporters and early-adopters of Hyroglf! #HYRO Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@hyroglf)
Petition to Yelp, United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, healthgrades , Yelp
Remove online reviews of doctors!
Doctors and other healthcare providers are reviewed on online review sites, similar to other businesses. We, however, are not like those other businesses. These online reviews are an open forum to the public written by patients, who are allowed to share their stories and photos explaining their experiences that they had with their doctor. Often these reviews are negative and accuse the doctors of complications or mismanagement from medical visits, treatments and procedures that they have had. Unlike other businesses, we, the doctors, are not allowed to respond, to defend our case or share any facts or photos to the public because of HIPAA and medical privacy laws. We, the doctors, find this extremely unfair and unjust. If patients are allowed to review us, then we should be able to defend the review and be able to state publicly our side of the story. This is a clear cut prohibition and violation of our rights to defend ourselves and to protect our names and reputations. These reviews that are often one sided, impact our livelihood and medical practices. They also cause emotional distress to the doctors, who cannot explain their side of the story that is out in the public forum for others to read and believe. Also, many doctors fearing poor reviews will overprescribe and overtest just to "satisfy" patients. We, the doctors, should not be pressured to do things to get good reviews. We want to provide medical care not customer care. This affs the care to our patients and society as a whole. We ask for immediate withdrawal of ALL doctors and providers, who are affected by HIPAA and medical privacy laws, from being reviewed on these online review sites. Until we can defend ourselves, a review should not be posted to which we cannot respond.
Petition to Microsoft
Leave Political Decisions to the Voters, Don't Boycott ICE!
In the 21st century America, the Internet has become an essential communication tool and a basic part of daily life. Yet in recent years, the has been a trend toward big technology companies seeking to prevent those who hold differing political views from having free access to the communication channels that they control. From demonetization on YouTube to shadow bans on Twitter, those who deviate from progressive orthodoxy on contentious issues far too often find themselves blocked. Now, a group of software engineers claiming to represent the open source community is trying to take the industry’s influence in politics to a new level. They have issued an open letter asking GitHub, a source code hosting service owned by Microsoft, to refuse to do business with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This petition takes no position on the policies enforced by ICE or what changes should or shouldn’t be made to these policies. Rather, our concern is over who should be making these decisions in the first place. In a democratic society such as the United States, decisions of national importance are supposed to be made by the people through their duly elected representatives, with judicial review to ensure that they are in compliance with the Constitution. It is a subversion of democracy for the leadership of one industry to use its power to override the will of the people as expressed through the democratic process. Please join us in urging Microsoft to leave political decisions to the voters and refrain from denying access to ICE or any other customer on the basis of their politics.
Petition to Students
Bring back google hangouts at Arrowhead Highschool
Arrowhead has disabled google hangouts school wide leaving students outraged. this abrupt change was done without student input, making this extremely unfair and unjust. We would like to bring back google hangouts, because in reality, it is not a bad site and is very useful to students.