June 5th, 2014: Reset the Net
TAKE BACK THE INTERNET FROM THE NSA AND OTHER NATION STATE SPY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENTS
Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back.
Sign up at ResetTheNet.org
Governments have twisted the Internet into something it was never intended to be: a system for invading our private lives. We’re fighting back and demanding needed reforms, but we don’t have to to wait while politicians promise change. We won’t stop the spying in a single day, but we can take the first steps toward making mass surveillance impossible and restoring human rights to the web. On June 5th, we will reset the Internet, turn off the parts that governments have invaded, put on new armor, and come back stronger than ever before.
We don’t need anyone’s permission.
Now that we know how bulk surveillance programs work, we know they have a weakness: the NSA can hack anybody but their bulk spying operation (the one that violates our human rights!) relies on specific, technological mistakes– mistakes we can fix. Reset the Net is our moment to harness the collective power of the web and meet mass surveillance head on.
Everyone has a role to play.
If you’re a developer, promise to add one new surveillance-resistant feature to your app or website, and announce it on June 5th.
If you’re an Internet user, promise to try out one new privacy tool that directly confronts mass surveillance. We’ll have an epic and definitive list for you to choose from. Then tell your friends to get protected too.
If you have a website or Tumblr, get the Internet Defense League code installed and display the Reset the Net message on June 5th to help educate and rally Internet users worldwide to defend themselves from dragnet surveillance.
ITS ALL UP TO US THE REAL PEOPLE, THE 99%, THE REAL BOSSES
WE HAVE TO MAKE A STAND
ITS TIME TO SAY NO MORE
ITS TIME TO STOP THE DECEPTION
ITS TIME TO STOP THE FRAUD AND THEFT
ITS TIME TO THROUGH THE 1% AND ALL THERE ACTOR PUPPET POLITICIANS OUT
ITS TIME TO DISMANTLE THERE TOTAL SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEM
ITS TIME TO STOP FUNDING AND SUPPORTING THERE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
ITS TIME THAT WE ALL REALIZE THAT OUR 1% THAT RULE US ARE REALLY A RUTHLESS EVIL SATANIC CRIMINAL CABAL SET UP OVER 200 YEARS AGO TO CREATE A NEW WORLD ORDER UNDER THERE GOD LUCIFER THE LIGHT BEARER THERE ALL SEEING EYE SATAN
ITS TIME TO ADMIT TO OURSELVES THAT WEVE ALL BEEN DECEIVED
IT ALL STARTS WITH US THE PEOPLE OR AS THEY CALL US “THE USELESS EATERS”
THEY HAVE TOLD US WHAT THEY WANT TO DO
SO LETS START WITH THE INTERNET ON JUNE 5TH
PEACEFUL PASSIVE RESISTANCE ONLY WE DO NOT CONDONE VIOLANCE OR CRIMINAL HACHER ACTIVITY IN ANY FORM ON THIS EDUCATIONAL SITE
Internet For The Wealthy On The Way Unless We Stop It
Obama’s FCC Chair Seeks End To Net Neutrality
Take Action Today: Immediate mobilization required to save open Internet
*** We need to turn up the heat! Join us to at the FCC (12th St and Maine Ave, SW) in Washington, DC every day from May 7 to May 15 at noon and 5 pm to picket. Spread the word.***
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In what the New York Times describes as “a net neutrality turnaround” the Obama administration’s new FCC chairman is proposing rules that will create an Internet for the wealthy. The new plan to create a pay to play Internet came to light Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.
Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.
We recently wrote that the United States has lost its democratic legitimacy and now was a plutocratic oligarchy. This is what plutocracy looks like – policies designed for the wealthy, so they can make more money from the rest of us.
“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.
“That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.”
In the future, if a new start-up – the future Twitter or Facebook – begins it will have a very hard time competing with those who are established Interne companies because the slower service of the start-ups will make them less consumer friendly. As a result we can expect less creativity on the Internet. As Stacy Higginbotham wrote: “The plans took the hallmark of network neutrality — the notion that ISP shouldn’t discriminate between the traffic flowing over their networks — and turned it on its head.”
The proposal is being shared with other members of the Commission today. There will then be amendments suggested to garner majority support and the plan is to vote on the proposal on May 15,
Take action now.
In a call to action, Save The Internet writes:
What if you had only three weeks before the Internet you know and love was about to disappear?
Would you spend your time binging on listicles or the final season of Breaking Bad? Or would you do something about it?
Would you email all your friends with the news? Blast your social media networks? Demand that Congress and the president keep this amazing invention from going away?
If the Internet had only three weeks left, would you take to the streets and raise hell?
I bet you would.
And here’s your chance to prove it: Because three weeks from today the Internet as we know it may not disappear, but it could be a lot closer to the precipice.
To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail
Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.
In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.
Finally, sign the petition at the link above:
I am writing to oppose rules that will allow for discrimination on the Internet – where the wealthy can purchase faster Internet service and everyone else continues to have slower service.
I do not want telecom giants and wealthy Internet companies to determine the future of the Internet. I want new ideas to flourish on the Internet and not be blocked because they do not have sufficient funds to purchase fast service and compete.
I do not want the Internet to be turned into another vehicle that allows money to flow from working Americans to the wealthiest — where web-based services like Netflix purchase faster service and pass the costs on to consumers.
The proposal being considered would kill rather than protect Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online. The Internet should be viewed as a public good and should be operated consistent with our rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. Turning the Internet into a pay to play scheme is unacceptable.
Chairman Wheeler knows this proposal is going to be unpopular and in response to theWall Street Journal and New York Times is denying there has been a “turnaround.” But, his statement is carefully worded and would allow exactly was has been reported.
How Did We Get To Class-Based Internet?
This move to end net neutrality should be placed at the door of President Obama and the US Senate. Obama appointed a former industry head to become chair of the FCC and the Senate unanimously confirmed him.
In April 2008 during his presidential campaign, Barack Obama took the side of the peoplesaying: “The most important thing we can probably do is to preserve the diversity that’s emerging through the Internet…something called net neutrality. I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality.” While he campaigned as a populist he has governed as a plutocrat – on this issue and so many others.
When Tom Wheeler was nominated by President Obama to become the Chairman of the FCC many in the internet freedom community expressed deep concerns. For decades Wheeler had represented the telecom industry in Washington, DC. From 1979 to 1984, Wheeler headed the National Cable Television Association, now named the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. He then worked in the telecom industry for 8 years followed by taking over as head of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn. in 1992, leaving in 2005. Wheeler went on to become a major Obama fundraiser and adviser. In fact on his bio page at the FCC this is expressed as “He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him ‘The Bo Jackson of Telecom.’” Appointing Wheeler was akin to putting the industry in charge of the future of the Internet.
Save The Internet reports this could be the end of the Internet as we know it: “It means we could be headed toward a pay-per-view Internet where Web sites have fees. It means we may have to pay a network tax to run voice-over-the-Internet phones, use an advanced search engine, or chat via Instant Messenger. The next generation of inventions will be shut out of the top-tier service level. Meanwhile, the network owners will rake in even greater profits.”
Now Wheeler is set to propose what the industry has wanted, an end to net neutrality, that will allow them to charge us more for service and created financial barriers that will prevent new services from challenging their domination of the Internet.
If you want an open Internet, take action today. We can stop this – but we must act now.
Please contact the people above and forward this to everyone you know.
Marvin Ammori, The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse Than You Think, Slatest
Gerry Smith, Everything You Need To Know About The End Of Net Neutrality, Huffington Post
Online coalition vows to fight mass online surveillance by empowering web users. Led by online freedom organizations, internet firms, and other advocacy groups, a broadbased coalition is coming together with a singular call to “Reset the Net” as a way to beat back government and corporate surveillance on the web. With a national online day of action scheduled for June 5, supporters of the campaign—including Common Dreams (full disclosure), Free Press, Fight for the Future, Credo Action, RootsAction.org. Demand Progress, Greenpeace, Reddit, CodePink, and dozens of others—say they will use the anniversary of the first reporting about NSA spying based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden as an opportunity to reclaim the internet from the spying eyes of the National Security Agency and gross abuse of privacy protections. “A year after Snowden’s shocking revelations, the NSA is still spying on innocent Americans without a warrant,” said CREDO Mobile’s president and co-founder Michael Kieschnick in a statement. “CREDO will continue to demand Congress and the president take action to stop unconstitutional mass warrantless surveillance, and until we win real reform, we will encourage users to adopt encryption tools to protect their personal communications from government abuse of the 1st and 4th amendment.”