Do you fit the description? Latest Snowden docs show how easy it is to end up on a terrorist watchlist.

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The U.S. government didn’t want the journalists at The Intercept to publish this article. Maybe that’s because it shows that intelligence agencies can label people as terrorists for … pretty much anything they want.

Read for yourself: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/23/blacklisted/

Want to reclaim your privacy? Get some tools here: http://pack.resetthenet.org

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We’re fighting to win

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Dear Fight for the Future members.

We had a huge showing for real net neutrality last week — more than 1 million people submitted comments to the FCC, and millions more spoke out through petitions, phone calls, oh yeah, and by camping out on the FCC’s doorstep.

Our tiny team of staff and volunteers worked round the clock on Battleforthenet.com in the days leading up to the comment deadline, and when the dust settled we had personally delivered 130,000 comments to the FCC in just 3 days. That’s more than 1/3 of all the comments delivered during that time!

I’m so proud of all of you. Our little organization is giving these Big Cable bullies a run for their money!

But with the kind of money they’ve got, we can’t afford to just keep fighting, we’ve got to take this to the next level and get the whole Internet organized for a crucial day of action this September before the FCC’s decision.

Please chip in today to help us win the battle for net neutrality.

Last year, corporations that oppose net neutrality spent more than $1.4 million EVERY WEEK on lobbying. [1] That’s more than Fight for the Future’s entire yearly budget. For two years!

We’ve been winning campaigns since SOPA on the same formula: we keep our team small and our costs low, we focus on strategy, and we’re not afraid to say what must be said and go all out when the time is right.

This Fall the FCC will either decide to protect the Internet or fundamentally break it. We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure the people win. Will you help?

Please click here to donate what you can.

The most exciting thing about this fight is that we’re not just trying to stop a bad bill like SOPA. If we succeed in getting the FCC to reclassify the Internet and enact real net neutrality, we’ll be protecting the Internet as a platform for the public good for generations to come.

Thanks for all you’ve done. More soon.

-Tiffiniy, Evan, Holmes, and the whole FFTF team

P.S. If you donated (or if you can’t donate, or if you hate fundraising emails) here’s the coolest cat on the Internet.

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Sources:

[1] Sunlight Foundation. How telecoms and cable have dominated net neutrality lobbying. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/05/16/how-telecoms-and-cable-have-dominated-net-neutrality-lobbying/

 

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Domain registrar Namecheap launches NetNeutrality.com

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Namecheap, a leading domain registrar supporting more than 3 million websites, joined the fight for Title II reclassification in a big way today with the launch of http://netneutrality.com

The site will serve as a hub for Namecheap’s net neutrality activism and it embeds Fight for the Future’s FCC action form from http://battleforthenet.com

See their press release below and please spread the word!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Namecheap
Phone: +15089520110
Email: ted@namecheap.com

Leading domain registrar Namecheap strikes hard for open internet through reclassification with launch of NetNeutrality.com

Company that supports more than three million domain names says lasting net neutrality is essential to the Internet economy, encourages customers to submit comments to FCC before midnight deadline

With 12 hours to go before the new deadline that closes the first round of comments in the FCC’s net neutrality proceeding, leading domain registrar Namecheap swooped in to strike hard on the side of an open Internet by launching NetNeutrality.com, an action site encouraging Internet users to continue bombarding the FCC with comments in support of Title II reclassification to protect the Internet in the public interest.

The FCC extended the original Wednesday comment deadline after various grassroots advocacy efforts like Fight for the Future’s BattleForTheNet.com action site flooded the FCC site with comments, causing it to go offline. As of Thursday July 17th, the FCC has received 1,030,000 comments, according to Gigi Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs for the FCC.

"Over one million people depend on Namecheap to power their websites" said Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap’s CEO and Founder, "We have a moral responsibility to do everything we can as a company to defend the free and open Internet, ensuring that every single one of our customers can make their voice heard.”

“This is a crucial moment where we need every single voice raised demanding real net neutrality through Title II reclassification,” said Evan Greer, Campaign Manager at Fight for the Future. “Net neutrality is the free speech fight of our generation. It’s great to see so many voices, from huge sites to tiny blogs lining up to stand on Team Internet against any form of censorship online.”


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Press Release: Activists launch “Battle for the Net” site and overwhelm FCC with comments for net neutrality

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17th, 2014

Media contact:
Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
Phone: 978-852-6457
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

Activists Gear Up for Next Phase of Net Neutrality Fight With “Battle for the Net”

BattlefortheNet.com site launches as first FCC comment phase winds down — more than 100k comments submitted in first 48 hours since launch; will serve as hub of organizing as the fight to save Net Neutrality continues.

Several leading grassroots organizations and web platforms today announced the launch of BattlefortheNet.com, a site that will serve as a hub of organizing as the Net Neutrality fight proceeds.

Since it went live earlier this week, more than 100,000 Internet users have already used the website to urge the Federal Communications Commission to implement strong Net Neutrality regulations.  (The FCC’s website has been working inconsistently, so the comments remain in the process of being delivered.)  

Millions more Americans have made their support for Net Neutrality known to the FCC over the last six months, since a court struck down the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order — representing the largest outpouring of concern about a proposed rule in the history of the FCC.

Net Neutrality is what makes the Internet a level playing field for all content providers and users.  Without Net Neutrality rules, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can choose to undermine certain sites by slowing their delivery speed to a crawl — while speeding up other sites, like those that pay the ISPs, or those that promote content that the ISPs own.  Start-ups, small business, artists, independent media outlets, and even more established sites would be undermined, as the ISPs seek greater private profit.

BattlefortheNet.com is framed as battle between “Team Cable” and “Team Internet”, with those who oppose Net Neutrality designated members of the former, and those who support it — included untold Internet users on the latter.  Over months to come, companies, politicians, public figures, and other important players in the fight will be encouraged to make their stand on the issue, and ever more activists will be encouraged to use the site to submit pro-Net Neutrality comments to the FCC.

(The first Net Neutrality comment phase ends tomorrow, after having been postponed from Tuesday because the outpouring of public caused the website to crash; a response phase will then run until September 10th.)

Early backers of the site include the groups Demand Progress, Fight for theFuture, Free Press and CREDO, and web platforms BoingBoing, reddit, Namecheap, Etsy, Kickstarter, StartPage, Tumblr, BitTorrent, Upworthy, and Cheezburger.

According to Demand Progress executive director David Segal, “Millions of Americans have already spoken out in support of Net Neutrality — a level unprecedented in the history of the FCC.  With the launch of Battle for the Net, we’re taking this fight to an even higher level, as we’ve created a central space and a framework which will allow for the participation of millions more Americans, and demands that politicians and companies answer that most fundamental question: Whose side are you on?”

"People depend on the Internet every day to communicate and meet their basic needs. That’s why the FCC is seeing this record-breaking outcry," said Erik Martin, general manager of reddit, “When you try to take away people’s access to the open web, expect them to react similarly to if you tried to take away their access to water or electricity — the public won’t stand for it, and the Internet gives them a voice to say so.”

“The FCC’s current proposal would break the Internet — so the Internet broke the FCC’s website with comments,” said Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, “Maybe before the Internet existed it would have been easy for mega-corporations like Comcast to screw us over without anyone noticing. But since the Internet is in fact a communication network, it has allowed the public’s voice to drown out lobbying dollars and PR firms. That’s even more evidence that the Internet need to be reclassified as a public utility that serves public needs over corrupt and narrow private interests.”

"It’s hard to say who is more unpopular with the general public — cable companies or politicians," stated Becky Bond, political director of CREDO. “But if you had to guess, politicians who side with the cable companies over the best interest of their constituents would be a pretty good bet. Elected officials who are tempted to sell out the very people they are supposed to represent should consider the serious blowback that is about to come their way.”

“The Battle for the Net starts today at the FCC, but it will be carried to Congress, the White House and all across the country until we secure real NetNeutrality once and for all,” said Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press. “Team Cable may have the most expensive lobbyists and more money to spend on its misinformation campaigns, but Team Internet will have thecreativity and commitment of millions of users behind it. Chairman Wheeler, President Obama and the rest of Washington should know that this is a fight in which you have to pick sides — but if you stand up for the Internet, the Internet will stand up for you.”

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Here’s some graphics to share to help save net neutrality. Deadline for comments is Friday at midnight!

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Cable’s trying to end #netneutrality & break the Internet for profit. Hours left to stop them battleforthenet.com pic.twitter.com/GoDrMZb4Co

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We’re making history! We’ve made net neutrality the biggest thing the FCC has ever had to deal with. Please reblog and tell your friends.Click here to read more.
Click here add your name to our petition to the FCC

We’re making history! We’ve made net neutrality the biggest thing the FCC has ever had to deal with. Please reblog and tell your friends.
Click here to read more.

Click here add your name to our petition to the FCC

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FCC Site Crash Prompts Net Neutrality Supporters to Deliver Comments by Hand Before Deadline

Follow us on twitter for breaking updates and photos from the scene: @fightfortheftr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evan Greer, FFTF
Phone: 978-852-6457
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

WASHINGTON — Early Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission’s electronic filing system crashed under an extra-heavy load of public comments in response to the initial comment deadline on the agency’s proposed Net Neutrality ruling. While the FCC has said it’s fixing the system, problems persist. In response, Net Neutrality advocates will head to the FCC in person this afternoon to hand-deliver hundreds of thousands of public comments.

Groups delivering their comments today include the ACLU, the Center for Media Justice, Common Cause, CREDO, DailyKos, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, Fight for the Future, Free Press, MAGNet, MoveOn, the Media Mobilizing Project, Mozilla, OpenMedia International, Popular Resistance, reddit and Voices for Internet Freedom. Representatives will be available for comment and photos. They will also ask the FCC to explain how it plans to cope with the overload.

WHAT: Hand-delivery of hundreds of thousands of public comments in support of Net Neutrality

WHY: Earlier today the FCC’s electronic comment filing system faltered, unable to handle the crush of public comments being filed.

WHO: The ACLU, the Center for Media Justice, Common Cause, CREDO, DailyKos, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, Fight for the Future, Free Press, MAGNet, the Media Mobilizing Project, Mozilla, OpenMedia International, Popular Resistance, reddit and Voices for Internet Freedom

WHERE: Outside the FCC’s headquarters at  445 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20554

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET


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Hours left to save net neutrality and defend free speech online. Submit your comment to the FCC right now.

Dear Fight for the Future member,

There’s just thirty six hours left.  That’s how long we have to get pro-Net Neutrality comments submitted to the FCC in front of their first comment period deadline — and save the Internet from the clutches of Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and their ilk.

The deadline is tomorrow! Click here to submit your comments to the FCC right now.

We’re in a battle to for the Internet as we know it. Net Neutrality guarantees all websites — start-ups, blogs, independent media, lolcats — an even playing field.  It’s essentially the First Amendment of the Internet. It’s what has made it so revolutionary, and it gives all of us a voice.

But the cable companies want to gut Net Neutrality to increase their profits. Without Net Neutrality, those corporations can kill websites by relegating them to slow lanes if they don’t pay fees — or if they just don’t like the content they contain. That threatens not only the Internet that we love, but the very foundations of a free society.

Cable companies are spending millions of lobbying dollars in an attempt to drown out the overwhelming cry of the public who are demanding that the FCC protect the Internet. Our best shot at winning this is to strike hard right now and flood the FCC with more comments than they’ve ever gotten before (even more than Janet Jackson.) We are so close to that goal already that if everyone reading this takes action, we’ll hit it by the end of the day.

We made submitting an official comment to the FCC as easy as signing a petition. Click here to speak up for net neutrality before the July 15th deadline!

Many of you have already signed petitions to the FCC — and so have literally millions of others.  That’s incredible — and it’s had a huge impact. But the ISP monopolies are now we all need to go one step further and submit formal comments into the FCC’s Net Neutrality proceeding.

It’s really quick and easy, and carries way more weight than the usual petition signature does. You’ll be a formal part of the process.

Click here to submit a formal comment to the FCC before the end of this comment period — it’s over TOMORROW.

Just a few months ago, FCC was poised to undermine Net Neutrality all together.  Because we all pushed back, now they’re considering adopting rules that would save it, and protect the web for the long term.

But they’ll only do so if we speak out again, even louder.  

The cable companies have armies of lobbyists and public relations firms — and since they own so much of the communications infrastructure, it’s especially easy for them to push their propaganda.

But we have millions of people on our side — and our only chance of beating the cable companies is if we all take a stand, together.

Click here to visit our brand new website and send the FCC a formal comment demanding support for Net Neutrality.  It’ll only take a minute.

With urgency and appreciation,
The Fight for the Future team
-Tiffiniy, Holmes, Evan, Kevin, Vasjen, Jessica, and Jeff


P.S. While it’s essential that we bombard the FCC with comments before the deadline tomorrow, we’re still going to have to keep the pressure on all summer, and ratchet it up even further when the decision time comes in the Fall. Want to help us win the battle for the net? Please chip in $10 (or whatever you can afford) today.

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CISPA is back from the dead again. Time to finish it once and for all.

Take action now: Congress is racing toward a vote on CISA, a bill to end privacy.

Dear Fight for the Future member,

The Senate Intelligence Committee just rushed to approve “CISA,” a bill that would give the NSA more access to our data than ever before, and give companies like Facebook and Google legal immunity for violating our privacy. [1]

Does “CISA” sound creepily familiar? That’s because it’s another zombified version of CISPA, a privacy-killing bill that Internet users have beaten back twice before, and that has been condemned by public advocacy groups from across the political spectrum as an urgent threat to online privacy and freedom of speech. [2]

Your signature is needed right now to stop CISA. Will you click here to take action? Every second counts, the Senate vote could happen quickly without warning — we need to raise our voices now before it’s too late.

It’s despicable that the Senate Intelligence Committee, who are supposed to oversee the government’s spying programs and protect our rights, chose this moment to resurrect CISPA and advance it to the Senate floor. The explosive revelations of the past week offered further proof that the U.S. government continues to lie about the scope of its illegal spying operation [3], and revealed the harrowing stories of community leaders who were spied on solely because of their political and religious beliefs. [4]

The Intelligence community is out of control. If we let CISA pass, we’d be giving them more power than they’ve ever had before. We can’t let this happen.

Thanks to growing outcry against mass surveillance, it should be easier than ever to defeat legislation like CISA. But we can’t pull our punches. There are powerful interests lobbying for this type of legislation, and they’ve got *way* more money than us. [5] We’ve got the public on our side, but it’s up to us to mobilize.

Congress is trying to do this quietly, so make noise! Click here to stop CISA now.

-Evan, Tiffiniy, Kevin, and Holmes at Fight for the Future

P.S. We can’t stress enough how quickly this bill could move once it hits the Senate floor. It’s now or never to get the word out. Please forward this email to everyone you know and share the petition on Facebook and Twitter.


SOURCES:

[1] Ellen Nakashima. Washington Post. Senate intelligence panel advances cybersecurity bill. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/08/senate-intelligence-panel-advances-cybersecurity-bill/

[2] Electronic Frontier Foundation. Voices Against CISPA. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/04/voices-against-cispa

[3] Barton Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan Soltani. The Washington Post. In NSA-intercepted data those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-nsa-intercepted-data-those-not-targeted-far-outnumber-the-foreigners-who-are/2014/07/05/8139adf8-045a-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html?tid=pm_pop

[4] Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain. The Intercept . Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/09/under-surveillance/

[5] Sunlight Foundation. Pro-CISPA forces spend 140 times more lobbying than opponents. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/04/18/pro-cispa-backers-spend-over-100-times-more-lobbying-opponents/

Here’s the latest version of the bill text: http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve/?File_id=08de1c1b-446b-478c-84a8-0c3f35963216

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