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Technology

399 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider

Ban Downloadable/Plastic Guns and Bullets

In August of 2018, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission.  In addition to Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has become active. Unlike Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has no leader, no address, and no known members. They also use peer to peer (P2P) sharing to share CAD files. Because there is no central server location, Deterrence Dispense is extremely hard to shut down. They are 100% anonymous. This makes is exceptionally difficult to take legal action against the group or shut them down. Now, we not only have loosely regulated CAD files for 3D printed guns but there are unregulated files from this new group circulating.  3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. A new startup has also appeared on multiple news stations because of their frightening and absurd goal. They want to give blueprints for 3D printable bullet proof vest penetrating bullets to the public at no cost. Not only is this dangerous for citizens of the United States but this organization going under the name, Atlas Arms is also anti government and encourages the bullets to be used to murder police officers.  Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun and bullet blueprints are illegal to be sold or given for free in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts!  Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting 3D printable guns since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign! @oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter  Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Contact me with questions or comments! 224 358 3388 *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*

Safe Nation
140,434 supporters
Update posted 6 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
2,067 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Tech Industry

Tech: Commit To Equitable Hiring Practices Because Girls And Women Deserve Better #TechToo

My name is Samantha, I’m 20 and I’ve only ever been interviewed by men for jobs in tech.  My name is Devika, I’m 19. An interviewer at a tech company once asked why I chose a women’s college if I wanted to study computer science.  My name is Jennifer, I’m 19. I was told I wasn’t “eligible” for a tech internship because I was only a freshman in college. A boy got the job. He was in high school.  My name is Chloe, I’m 18. An interviewer once asked me about my future plans to start a family.  We are all computer science majors. We are all alumni of Girls Who Code programs. And we’ve all experienced discrimination, sexism, or outright harassment during interviews for jobs in tech.  And we’re not alone. Girls Who Code surveyed over 1,000 college-aged alumni just like us — read this piece from WIRED.  Overall, half of the women—that’s 500 women, most under the age of 20—have either had a negative experience applying for a job in tech, or know a woman who has. Nearly a quarter of us has encountered biased questions or inappropriate remarks during interviews.  We deserve better. We’re smart. We’re qualified. And we’ve fought like hell to get to get to where we are because we love computer science, and because we think tech can change the world for good.  So we’re calling on companies to commit to equitable hiring practices. Here are a few places we’d recommend starting:   Diverse Hiring Panels: Beyond reducing unconscious bias, diverse hiring panels also show us that you’re actually committed to diversity, to putting women in technical roles in the position of making decisions about the team. We want to know that you’re walking the walk.  Gender-Neutral Job Descriptions: We can’t emphasize enough how discouraging it is to see gendered language in job descriptions. Sometimes it’s explicit—”He will work with other team members in automation testing." Sometimes it’s implicit, “Seeking driven, competitive coding ninja.” In both cases, women like us are less likely to apply. Tracking and Reporting D&I for Hiring: Lots of companies report employee diversity data—but what about applicant diversity data? By publicly disclosing data showing the number of women and men applying for roles and the number of women and men being made offers of employment, we can get a better sense of how many women are being held back at this stage of the pipeline. As a part of this, companies should also track the number of claims of harassment and/or bias made by candidates. Decency: Discrimination and harassment have no place in the interview process, not in your company culture, not in society. Period.  Please sign our petition and urge companies to commit to equitable hiring practices. Thank you.  — Girls Who Code alumni, Diana Kris N., Devika C., Chloe Gottlieb, KaYesu M., Samantha R., and Jennifer T.

Girls Who Code Alumni
4,629 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to 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.
252,972 supporters