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17-11-2017, 20:39   #1
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I can't lobby your legislators but you can:

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The Trump administration is on the verge of having the power to monitor the Internet and read your emails permanently extended. We *need* to stop them before it’s too late.

Tell key lawmakers today: End the US government’s warrantless Internet surveillance powers.

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Trump and the rest of the U.S. government get much of their Internet surveillance powers from Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, and that law is coming up for reauthorization by Congress in less than two months. Section 702 lets the government collect and search the emails, photos, and other private information of innocent people without cause—the kind of surveillance that takes away everyone's freedom to be themselves.

And remember, Trump may be in charge of these surveillance programs now, but if they are made permanent, any future President can use—or abuse—them. This isn’t about whether you support or oppose President Trump—this is about taking back our privacy and security from a corrupted federal government that has violated our basic rights for far too long.

Take action now to demand Congress ends Section 702, the biggest mass surveillance law in the U.S.

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This is going to be an epic fight. Private contractors like Booz Allen, Lockheed Martin, and Leidos have been getting rich from mass surveillance,[1] and they are lobbying hard to make sure Section 702 is renewed. With these special interests involved, and the fear campaigns they run, ending surveillance under Section 702 won’t be easy.

This month we lost one of our last chances to secure meaningful reforms against the government’s powers. The House Judiciary Committee approved the USA Liberty Act--the bill that reforms and reauthorizes Section 702—WITHOUT a critical amendment that fixed the “backdoor search” loophole.[2]

Now we have no choice but to tell lawmakers to vote against the USA Liberty Act, and oppose outright the reauthorization of Section 702.

This whole system of mass surveillance has been built and supported by corruption, and the only way to break the cycle of corruption is for regular people to speak out loudly. The intelligence contractors may have the money and the insider connections, but they don’t have the most important thing that politicians need—popular public support.

Add your name to our petition demanding an end to Section 702. If Congress hears from us in droves, we can stop Trump's unchecked surveillance powers.

Thanks for taking action,

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[1] Vice: https://www.vice.com/sv/article/dp9g...m-surveillance

[2] ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/article/house-l...lance-reforms/



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What neutrality would that be then?

They already know every byte you send/recieve if they want to.

Why do you think that so many "dark web" users are being terminated?


You think that the internet isn't monitored? get real!!!

Originally it was "gifted" to us by acedemia and the military............

The question is.....

What are THEY using now?.
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21-11-2017, 01:04   #5
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What neutrality would that be then?

They already know every byte you send/recieve if they want to.

Why do you think that so many "dark web" users are being terminated?


You think that the internet isn't monitored? get real!!!

Originally it was "gifted" to us by acedemia and the military............

The question is.....

What are THEY using now?.
I thought you would know that by now. Basically you have the freedom of the net without hindrance or additional costs. Ending neutrality is giving ISPs the right to charge to access sites and throttle your speed of connection unless you are prepared to pay extra.
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21-11-2017, 08:43   #6
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What neutrality would that be then?

They already know every byte you send/recieve if they want to.

Why do you think that so many "dark web" users are being terminated?


You think that the internet isn't monitored? get real!!!

Originally it was "gifted" to us by acedemia and the military............

The question is.....

What are THEY using now?.
Net neutrality isn't the same as net anonymity. The equivalent proposal would work like this in the UK:

Say your ISP is BT and BT have a deal with Netflix but not Amazon Prime Video. Under the new proposals BT can lower the speed that you get for Amazon and increase it for Netflix to favour their preferred provider. If you want to watch Jeremy Clarkson on Amazon you will have to pay extra or suffer internet speeds from 1999.

Or maybe your ISP is TalkTalk and you don't get either on full speed unless you pay extra. Or maybe YouTube is throttled, or something else. Or maybe the CEO of YouTube once fell out with the CFO of Talk Talk so they turn it off altogether. Or maybe the football, or Sheffield Forum.

Net neutrality if just having all the internet all the time with no differences.
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25-11-2017, 17:45   #7
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Here's a petition everyone can sign, regardless of where you live:

https://act.openmedia.org/WorldForTheWeb?src=162164
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15-12-2017, 23:40   #8
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Just to update everyone, the FCC voted on Thursday to scrap net neutrality - The fight is on!
Any American forum members may wish to help support Fight For the Future by giving a small donation to set up the phone lines direct to elected Senators as they have the power to overturn this decision within the next three months - here's hoping!

Details of the email I received here:

"Hi there, I just wanted to make sure you saw this. The FCC may have voted to kill net neutrality, but we have a crucial opportunity to get Congress to overturn their decision.

The online outcry right after the vote was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, and it’s working. Just this morning, major lawmakers announced their plan to nullify the FCC vote using a Congressional Resolution of Disapproval.[1]

To get it done, we’re launching a major effort to get every single member of Congress on the record about net neutrality, and flood them with phone calls, tweets, emails, and constituent meetings.

Please chip in to help fund this urgent hard-hitting campaign to get Congress to overturn the FCC vote and save net neutrality.

Read on below, we’ll have more updates soon.

-Evan at FFTF

J,

It happened. Just moments ago, the FCC voted to kill net neutrality and break the Internet as we know it.

But we’re not done fighting—not even close.

The fight now moves to Congress, which has 60 legislative days to overturn the FCC’s decision once the order takes effect. We’re launching an all-out campaign to convince a majority in the House and Senate to vote to overrule this outrageous giveaway to Comcast and Verizon.

Will you chip in to convince Congress to use their Congressional Review Act (CRA) powers to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality repeal?

We’re in a good position to make this happen.The majority of House Republicans did not endorse a letter supporting the FCC’s repeal. And in the Senate we may be starting as close as 50/50, given that Susan Collins issued a letter opposing the agency’s decision.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai may want to give his former employer Verizon the right to throttle speeds and charge new fees to websites and apps, but the American people disagree—and Congress has the power under the Congressional Review Act to overrule that decision.

That’s why we've been mobilizing pressure on Congress for weeks by driving over a million calls to lawmakers as part of a growing grassroots backlash, and why with your help we’ll keep up the pressure right up to the deadline for Congress to act.

DONATE

And even if Congress fails to act, we STILL won’t stop. The battle for net will simply continue on other fronts:

We will bring the fight to the courts by supporting lawsuits challenging the FCC’s ruling.

We will convince more lawmakers to join the 6 Republicans who have already opposed the FCC’s plan.

We’ll make sure voters know where their members of Congress stand on net neutrality so they can act accordingly on Election Day.

This is a moment we hoped we’d be able to stop, or delay. But this is our pledge to you: We will not let Comcast and Verizon kill the free and open Internet, and we won't stop until the Internet that we love is safe.

Will you chip in so we can keep the heat on Congress and defend the Internet we love?

DONATE

For the future,

Holmes at FFTF

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[1] Fight for the Future: https://twitter.com/fightfortheftr/s...07348883771393



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23-12-2017, 02:20   #9
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From my inbox:

J,

BREAKING: One of net neutrality’s biggest foes in Congress just introduced terrible legislation to permanently undermine the free and open Internet.[1]

Now it’s more urgent than ever. Contact your lawmakers to demand they oppose bogus legislation and vote for a Resolution of Disapproval to reverse the FCC’s decision and restore net neutrality.

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This new legislation is an insult to Internet users’ intelligence. It was introduced by Marsha Blackburn, who has raked in more than $600,000 in campaign contributions from the telecom industry and is widely seen as a shill for Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.[2]

She’s the same Representative who sponsored a bill to kill Internet privacy rules earlier this year, allowing the companies who have given her hundreds of thousands of dollars to monitor our online habits and sell our personal information to advertisers.[3]

Blackburn’s bill is part of a bait and switch that the ISPs have been preparing for months. They’re exploiting the crisis they’ve created with the FCC vote in an attempt to ram through bad legislation that’s branded as a “compromise” but amounts to a trojan horse.

This is not just a “weak” net neutrality bill. It’s a poison pill. Blackburn’s bill, if passed, would permanently decimate net neutrality protections for the foreseeable future.

Fortunately, dozens of lawmakers are already calling for Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval, which means we can sidestep Blackburn’s bogus bill and force a simple up or down vote on net neutrality that puts every member of Congress on the record.

We’ve updated BattleForTheNet.com to make it easy to contact your lawmakers and demand they vote for the CRA to save net neutrality by reversing the FCC’s decision.

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The next phase of the fight is going to be the most important, and also the most dangerous. It’s critical that we all call this for what it is: a fake bill to end net neutrality for good. We can help fight misinformation by making sure all of our friends and family understand that bad net neutrality legislation is a huge threat right now, and it’s more important than ever to pay attention to the details.

We don’t need Marsha Blackburn’s bill that would let Cable companies carve up the web into fast lanes and slow lanes, crushing competition, creativity, free speech, and innovation.

What we need is for lawmakers to support the CRA to completely overturn the FCC vote and restore the rules that never should have been taken away in the first place.

Go here to contact your lawmakers right now, and share this link everywhere: https://www.battleforthenet.com

Never surrender,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

P.S. We’re pulling out all the stops to overturn the FCC vote and save net neutrality. Will you chip in to help make our work possible?

P.P.S. Read the full bill here: https://blackburn.house.gov/uploaded...rowser_act.pdf

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[1] The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/19/...eutrality-bill

[2] The Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-p...a-now-buy-hers

[3] Wired: https://www.wired.com/2017/05/telco-...s-helped-kill/



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19-05-2018, 22:28   #10
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UPDATE:

J,

We won! The U.S. Senate just voted to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality!

Even better, your work helped win the votes of TWO undecided senators who swung our way at the last minute, giving us a 52-47 margin and huge momentum. That’s game-changing.

Now the fight moves to the House of Representatives—and with the FCC scheduled to end net neutrality on June 11th unless Congress stops them, the stakes are higher than ever. Will you make a monthly donation to help keep up the fight for net neutrality?

Yes, I’ll become a monthly donor!

No, but I can make a one-time contribution.

Comcast, Verizon, and the rest of Big Cable thought sure they could beat us with all the millions they spent on lobbyists and campaign contributions.

But for months, the Internet has been on fire. You called. You rallied. You protested. You did whatever it took. You didn’t give up. And today, the Senate passed the resolution overruling Ajit Pai and restoring net neutrality in a historic upset!

The key to winning in the Senate was mobilizing so much grassroots pressure that it was impossible for undecided senators to ignore us. And that will be even more true in the House of Representatives, where every member is already looking ahead to November and trying to figure out how to keep their seats in what is predicted to be an incredibly close election.

Now, we’ll be honest: We put everything we have into the effort to win in the Senate. And it’s a good thing we did, because this vote was SO close, and we easily could have lost. But after going all-out with billboards, newspaper ads, and flooding the Senate with phone calls, our campaign budgets are significantly drained.

No one thought we’d get this far, but this is just the first step. Now we need to pass the same resolution in the House of Representatives. Will you chip in to help replenish our campaign budgets for the next round of the Battle for the Net?

Yes, I’ll donate monthly to keep up the fight to save net neutrality!

No, but I can make a one-time contribution.

For the Internet,

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22-05-2018, 23:46   #11
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https://www.battleforthenet.com/

Clearly I can't contact Congress, but if you are based in the US you can.
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Net neutrality is now officially "dead" but the fight goes on:

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-ne...-over-n881931?
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Disaster for net neutrality (Supreme Court)

Brett Kavanaugh has been announced as the Supreme Court nominee, and it’s a disaster for net neutrality.

Kavanaugh has openly said he wants to make net neutrality illegal. He has a frightening track record when it comes to Internet freedom and civil liberties.

But we can stop him. If every senator who supports net neutrality votes against Kavanaugh, we will stop him with votes to spare.

Brett Kavanaugh must be stopped or net neutrality could be doomed. We’re launching an emergency campaign to convince the Senate to reject him. Will you make a donation?

Brett Kavanaugh’s opposition to net neutrality is based on a twisted interpretation of the First Amendment. According to Kavanaugh, ISPs are like newspaper editors, empowered to decide what speech is suitable to share and what isn’t.

This, simply put, is nuts. It’s like saying the electric utility can decide what we can plug in and what we can’t. And under Kavanaugh’s theory, it doesn’t matter what Congress or the President or even the voters think. Any version of net neutrality could be thrown out by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

We’ve fought for years to save the free and open Internet, and didn’t come this far to let the Supreme Court throw it out.

To stop Kavanaugh, we need to do exactly what we did to get that “one last vote” to restore net neutrality. We’ll mobilize the coalition of free-thinking libertarians and progressives, small businesses, and other net neutrality supporters. We’ll flood undecided Senate offices with phone calls. We’ll use the Internet to save the Internet by making sure people know what’s at stake and how they can take effective action to win.

We can win this fight. There are 52 senators on the record in support of restoring net neutrality. We only need 50 votes to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But we need to start now.

Will you chip in to help launch an emergency campaign to stop a judge who hates net neutrality from joining the Supreme Court?

For our rights,

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Why do you insist on this copy and paste rubbish - you even leave in links which are removed during the pasting - nobody cares.
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Why do you insist on this copy and paste rubbish - you even leave in links which are removed during the pasting - nobody cares.
Many apologies. The joy of a smart phone and I had copied into wps memo first to get rid of all the links and was in hospital visiting at time. The family member I had mentioned in an earlier post had been in Critical care for almost a week and intubated so please accept my apology. As you can see force's outside of the UK will have a disastrous affect on the whole Internet. I am trying to get back to some form of normality.

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Many apologies. The joy of a smart phone and I had copied into wps memo first to get rid of all the links and was in hospital visiting at time. The family member I had mentioned in an earlier post had been in Critical care for almost a week and intubated so please accept my apology. As you can see force's outside of the UK will have a disastrous affect on the whole Internet. I am trying to get back to some form of normality.

If you have relatives in the US please pass on the information to lobby Congress.
You know it doesn't affect us one iota right? The EU has its own net neutrality laws.
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