2011

Justin Bieber photoshoped behind bars

Free Bieber

Fight for the Future’s first campaign targeted Senate bill 978, which would have made it a felony for anyone to post a video of themselves singing a copyrighted song to YouTube or any other online website. The campaign prompted 200,000 petition signers, 50,000 Facebook likes, coverage in hundreds of news and blog articles, and even gained the attention of Justin Bieber himself. Ultimately, Senate bill 978 died without a vote.

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Infographic with details about SOPA, the Internet blacklist bill

American Censorship Day

Over 6,000 websites — including Wikipedia and Firefox — participated in American Censorship Day to protest the dangerously misguided SOPA and PIPA leglislation. More than two million people signed our online petition, while one million people sent emails and 84,000 made calls to Congress.

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2012

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The Internet Goes on Strike

In the largest Internet protest to date, more than 115,000 websites joined forces to educate the public about the dangers SOPA and PIPA legislation represented to digital freedom. Over 12 million messages of protest were delivered to Congress, causing the bills to be shelved indefinitely.

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Do You Have a Secret?

Congress once again debated another dangerous piece of legislation, this time called CISPA. Our website, DoYouHaveaSecret.org, drove thousands of emails and phone calls to Congress, helping to kill the bill in the U.S. Senate.

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2013

CISPA is not dead with a zombie hand and quotes from journalists below

CISPA Returns

Our opponents never give up. But neither do freedom fighters. After CISPA was reintroduced to Congress, we collected more than 300,000 signatures from people opposed to the bill and delivered them to our lawmakers in Washington. We also rallied support from Reddit, Mozilla, Imgur, and 30,000 other websites to oppose this historically unpopular legislation. Once again, this bill was shelved.

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StopWatching.US

On July 4th, we participated the largest online privacy protest in history… and then we took the protest offline and into the streets. As part of the StopWatching.Us coalition, we helped draw national attention to the NSA’s privacy abuses while delivering 575,000 signatures on a pro-privacy petition to Congress.

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2014

Occupy the FCC

In May, more than 15 protesters held a week-long vigil outside of the FCC to advocate for the reclassification of broadband Internet under Title II protections.

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Battle for the Net

Battle for the Net launched on June 15th and has become the most used net neutrality action site on the Internet, driving millions of comments to the FCC, emails, and phone calls to lawmakers.

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Internet Slowdown

The worlds’ most popular websites participated in the Internet Slowdown day of protests, submitting more than 4 million comments to the FCC in support of net neutrality. And driving tens of thousands of phone calls to Congress.

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Reset the Net

We took back our privacy by building a coalition of tech companies and human rights organizations that protect your sensitive information using security measures like SSL and end-to-end encryption.

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2015

We Won Net Neutrality! over a mosaic of logos and avatars

Net Neutrality Victory at the FCC

On February 26th, the FCC voted to protect net neutrality using Title II classification, effectively ensuring that broadband providers could not slow traffic, block access to websites, or impose unfair fees on American Internet users. Traditional DC logic said this victory was impossible. Our Internet-powered campaigns made it inevitable.

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2016

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Rock Against the TPP

In collaboration with Tom Morello’s Firebrand label, Fight for the Future launched the Rock Against the TPP festival on July 21st. The festival featured a variety of artists including Morello, Anti-Flag, Flobots, Talib Kweli and Jolie Holland playing music to raise awareness and promote opposition to the secretive TPP legislation. Ultimately, the United States withdrew its support for the TPP.

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Don’t Break Our Phones

When the FBI obtained an unprecedented court order trying to force Apple to crack their own security measures, we sparked hundreds of snap protests outside of Apple stores across the nation. Apple held firm, and eventually the FBI abandoned their legal efforts against the tech giant, a huge victory for privacy and human rights.

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Hugs for Chelsea Manning

We launched an online petition asking the Obama administration to commute the sentence of tech whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The hugs poured in as the campaign went viral, and activists such as Tom Morello, Graham Nash, and Michael Stipe collaborated on a benefit album. Ultimately, we collected over 100,000 signatures in support of the jailed whistleblower, whose sentence was commuted. We’ve continued to support Chelsea as she faces jail time for resisting an unjust Grand Jury.

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A woman uses the Hello Vote chatbot on her phone to register to vote.

Hello Vote

Our revolutionary HelloVote chatbot made it easy to register to vote by text message or Facebook Messenger.

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2017

Repeating red, white, and blue text "On July 12th Save #NetNeutrality"

July 12th

When Ajit Pai’s FCC announced plans to eliminate net neutrality, Fight for the Future organized major digital platforms like Tumblr, Reddit, Tinder, Netflix, and more to inform the public of the impending danger. Nearly 3,500,000 emails were sent to Congress and more than 1,600,000 comments were made on the FCC’s website in support of net neutrality.

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12/12/17, Break the Internet on a shattered phone screen

Break the Internet

Ahead of the FCC’s vote to eliminate net neutrality, we launched a major protest online, supported by in-person events all over America. Nearly one million emails were sent to Congress, while over 450,000 phone calls were made in favor of strong net neutrality protections. The FCC ignored the overwhelming majority of Americans and repealed net neutrality, but the unprecedented backlash we generated has laid the foundation for its return.

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Operation Comcastroturf

Someone submitted over one million anti-net neutrality comments to the FCC using stolen names and addresses. We called for an investigation.

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2018

The text "Small Business can save Net Neutrality"

Businesses for Net Neutrality

During National Small Business Week, we rallied more than 6,000 businesses from across America to sign our open letter asking Congress to restore Title II net neutrality protections. Dozens of small business owners even volunteered to hand-deliver the letter to their representatives. Small business support for a free and open Internet became a key point in the debate for net neutrality on the Senate floor.

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The text "Red Alert for Net Neutrality"

Red Alert for Net Neutrality

When the Senate scheduled a vote to overturn the FCC’s disastrous decision to repeal net neutrality, Fight for the Future launched a Red Alert across the entire Internet. In coordination with tech companies such as Etsy, Postmates, and BitTorrent, we sent over 200,000 emails and 80,000 calls to Congress, helping the Senate to pass a CRA to restore net neutrality on May 16th.

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#NoTechForIce over an image of people being cuffed

#NoTechForICE

US tech companies play a significant role in the human rights abuses carried out by agencies like ICE. As public outcry grew in the wake of the family separation crisis, we launched a number of online and in-person protests targeting tech companies’ contracts with ICE and border patrol. Dozens of immigrants rights and racial justice groups have continued to carry that fight forward.

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2019

Tech workers have incredible power over an image of a woman and a man coding together on a laptop

Speakout.Tech

Fight for the Future launched SpeakOut.tech, a campaign that directly calls on employees of big tech companies to blow the whistle on unethical uses of technology. This campaign came as a response to the increasing number of tech employees organizing and calling out their companies for powering human rights abuses. SpeakOut.tech serves as a hub of resources, support, and encouragement for tech workers who want to blow the whistle on Silicon Valley.

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Ban Facial Recognition

Facial recognition surveillance technology is unreliable, biased, and a threat to basic rights and safety. BanFacialRecognition.com helps users see where facial recognition is being used around the United States, and demand that Congress put a stop to government use of this dangerous technology. It’s the most widely shared campaign on facial recognition surveillance, and has been endorsed by more than 30 major organizations.

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A picture of a crowd at a live event is overlayed with a gray filter. Animation focuses on individual faces and lists "Name, Address, Criminal Record" below the face. There is bright pink text at the bottom of the graphic that reads: "ban facial recognition at live events."

Ban Facial Recognition at Live Shows

In the summer of 2019, Fight for the Future learned that major event producer and ticketing company LiveNation, which owns TicketMaster, had invested in a facial recognition company with the intention of implementing the technology as a method of event entry. After massive blowback from artists, fans, venues, and events, LiveNation publicly announced that it would cease research on facial recognition at shows.

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2020

A sky blue background that reads "Make Zoom Safe" with Zoom in white and Make/Safe in black. The description is in white text and reads: For years Zoom has claimed to use end-to-end encryption to keep users' communications secure, but those claims were not true. Now people everywhere are relying on Zoom to share urgent medical information, conduct important business meetings, and hold private conversations. That puts us all at risk. Spread the word by using these backgrounds in your next Zoom meeting."

Make Zoom Safe

In April 2020, right after quarantine began, Zoom experience massive growth as a platform. At the time, it was not end-to-end encrypted, and announced that it would begin offering the feature for a fee. Fight for the Future organized social justice and digital rights groups calling out Zoom for this decision, stating that charging for secure communication would harm everyone and disproportionately impact marginalized people. After several weeks of blowback, Zoom announced that it would offer end-to-end encryption for all accounts, regardless of payment status.

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People being harmed by police with a dark blue filter, text reads: Cancel Amazon + Police partnerships.

#CancelRing

Fight for the Future was the first group to expose how Amazon Ring’s doorbell camera is being used by more than 1,700 law enforcement departments to access surveillance data without probable cause. Among other tactics, Fight has called on tech review sites to suspend their endorsement of the product in their holiday guide, prompting the New York Time’s Wirecutter to reverse its recommendation.

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Capitol building with a dark grey filter. The words read: this bill makes the internet less safe, not more safe. NoEARNITAct.org

#NoEARNITAct

The EARN IT Act is one of the most dangerous piece of tech legislation ever. If passed, it would end online free speech by gutting Section 230 and bring an end to encryption. Fight for the Future’s petition went viral, with over half a million people urging their lawmakers to stop the EARN IT Act.

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2021

Dark blue background with green text that reads: Don't Kill Crypto.

#DontKillCrypto

In 2021, Congress passed the Biden infrastructure package, and it contained some terribly misguided cryptocurrency provisions. During the vote, Fight for the Future helped crypto advocates make over 40,000 calls to Congress, drawing attention to the issue and leading to legislation being introduced to fix the harmful provisions.

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White background with a yellow to blue gradient at the top. The bottom left corner reads "tell Apple: no spyware on my phone" in black letters.

#NoSpyphone

Fight for the Future organized nationwide protests against Apple’s proposed backdoor in iOS 15. This day of action amplified a nearly unanimous call for Apple to cancel its plans to implement the change – and they did just that.

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HowToStopFacebook.org

In 2021, Frances Haugen blew the whistle on Facebook’s dangerous behavior, including algorithmic manipulation that intentionally sowed hate and anger. In response, Fight for the Future led 78 organizations and thousands of people to sign on to a petition calling on Congress to shut down Facebook’s surveillance machine by passing real data privacy law.

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2022

The background is a picture of Red Rocks is overlayed with a dark grey filter. An orange and black hand is overlaid with hollow white square to symbolize biometric data collection. There is white text in the middle of the hand that reads "no Amazon Palm Scanning at Red Rocks"

Amazon Doesn’t Rock

Iconic event venue Red Rocks Amphitheater introduced Amazon palm scanning technology as an optional form of “convenient” ticketless entry. After Fight for the Future organized major backlash from artists and music lovers, the venue has ended its use of the technology.

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Black background with a geometric purple face. A dark grey banner beneath is has white text that reads "Demand all government agencies dump ID.me"

Dump ID.me

Fight for the Future, Algorithmic Justice League and others won a campaign to get the IRS to end plans to use ID.me and facial recognition for verification. Now we must ensure that all government agencies using this tool cancel their contracts and reject facial recognition for identity verification.

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