Fight for the Future


Internet activists will fight Team Cable’s puppet FCC chairman Ajit Pai and defend net neutrality

Posted 10:25 EDT on April 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 24, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

WASHINGTON, DC – Several media outlets report that Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer and new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will announce his plan to ignore the voices of nearly 4 million people and slash the Title II based net neutrality protections that prevent Internet Service Providers from discriminating against, censoring, or slowing down websites.

Fight for the Future, a nonpartisan digital rights organization that has lead the largest online protests in history in support of Internet freedom, issued the following statement, which can be attributed to campaign director Evan Greer (pronouns: she/hers:)

“Ajit Pai isn’t even trying to hide the fact that he’s a puppet bureaucrat doing the bidding of companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon (his former employer.) Moving so quickly to slash the protections that millions of Internet users from across the political spectrum fought for is a slap in the face to democracy and poses a serious threat to the future of freedom of expression.

Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet. By ignoring what the public wants and attacking Title II open Internet rules, the FCC is playing with fire and potentially opening the floodgates for widespread censorship.

Paving over the Internet into fast lanes for those who can afford to pay and slow lanes for the rest of us will turn the Web into a place where the wealthiest and most powerful can be heard, while ordinary people and alternative voices are drowned out.

If Ajit Pai thinks that destroying net neutrality is going to be easy, he has another thing coming. Internet users will fight tooth and nail to defend our basic right to connect, create, learn, and share.”

Fight for the Future was instrumental in the massive grassroots campaign that successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the strongest net neutrality protections in US. history last year. They built the page BattleForTheNet.com, which was responsible for more than ¼ of all the net neutrality comments received by the FCC during its feedback process, and were behind the Internet Slowdown protest, the largest online protest since SOPA, which drove nearly 1 million comments to the FCC and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to Congress in a single day, and was supported by more than 40,000 websites including Kickstarter, Etsy, Netflix, and Tumblr.  

The group also helped take the fight for net neutrality into the streets with creative protest campaigns like Occupy the FCC and the nationwide Internet Emergency protests, and bombarded the FCC with phone calls from CallTheFCC.org

Fight for the Future is best known for their role in the massive online protests against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more at FightFortheFuture.org

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Swamp Drains Trump: White House Signs Bill to Gut Internet Privacy

Posted 20:36 EDT on April 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 3, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

Bill to let ISPs collect and sell customer information has generated massive backlash from Trump supporters and progressives alike

Monday evening, President Donald Trump signed SR Res 34, a bill to slash the FCC’s Internet privacy rules and allow Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to monitor, collect, and sell the details of their customers’ Internet activity to advertisers. The legislation was passed by Congress last week, amid massive public backlash from across the political spectrum, including from some of Trump’s top supporters.

Fight for the Future, a digital rights group that helped lead resistance to the measure, previously announced that they will unleash billboards to expose the lawmakers who voted for the measure. Today, in response to Trump signing the bill, they announced they will add a billboard specifically targeting the President.

“Donald Trump said he was going to drain the swamp, but it didn’t take long for the swamp to drain him,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “the only people in the United States who want less Internet privacy are CEOs and lobbyists for giant telecom companies who want to rake in money by spying on all of us and selling the private details of our lives to marketing companies.”

“It’s deeply ironic that President Trump is expressing outrage about alleged violations of his own privacy while signing legislation that will dramatically expand government surveillance of all Americans,” she added, “President Trump has misjudged his base on this issue. No one wants their Internet Service Provider to sell their information without their permission.”

Last week, Fight for the Future launched an online resource called #GetSafe, to help Internet users protect their privacy in the wake of Congress’ attack.

Fight for the Future is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the online censorship bill. and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. They’ve led high profile campaigns to help win net neutrality protections, and organized the ResetTheNet.org campaign against government surveillance, which was supported by hundreds of major websites and endorsed by Edward Snowden. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more at FightFortheFuture.org

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Following Congress’ attack on Internet privacy, Fight for the Future launches #GetSafe guide to help average internet users protect themselves online

Posted 10:50 EDT on March 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 30, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852,6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new online resource called #GetSafe, a simple guide that helps average Internet users take the most important steps toward protecting the personal information stored on their phones, tablets, and computers.

The release of the new tool comes on the heels of Congress voting to slash Internet privacy rules and allow Internet Service Providers to collect and sell their customer’s information.

“This vote in Congress is just the latest attack on our basic right to privacy and our ability to use the Internet safely,” said Laila Abdelaziz, a campaigner at Fight for the Future, “many of us are already extremely vulnerable to corporate and government spying, hackers and identity thieves.”

Fortunately, there are simple things that everyone can and should be doing to protect themselves and their loved ones,” she continued, “we launched #GetSafe to make these practices easy and accessible to everyone, regardless of how technologically savvy they are.”

See the #GetSafe resource here: https://www.letsgetsafe.org

The tool functions like an online quiz, asking the user a series of simple questions about their digital security habits, and making basic recommendations about how to set a strong password for your phone and computer, how to switch to free encrypted text messaging services, and how to run a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to make it much harder for your Internet service provider to spy on your web browsing activity.

The launch of the #GetSafe tool comes as Fight for the Future is already making headlines about plans to unleash billboards listing the names of lawmakers who voted to strike down the FCC’s Internet privacy rules. The group has also launched an online petition calling for President Trump to veto the measure.

Fight for the Future is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. They’ve led high profile campaigns to help win net neutrality protections, and organized the ResetTheNet.org campaign against government surveillance, which was supported by hundreds of major websites and endorsed by Edward Snowden. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more atFightFortheFuture.org

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BREAKING: House of Representatives votes to gut Internet privacy rules

Posted 17:18 EDT on March 28, 2017

Fight for the Future will unleash billboards to expose lawmakers who take large contributions from ISPs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 28, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 215 - 205 to gut the FCC’s Internet privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon from selling their customer’s personal information to advertisers without their consent. The measure already passed the Senate last week, so it will now head to the President’s desk for signing.

Yesterday, digital rights group Fight for the Future, known for organizing massive protests against SOPA and for net neutrality announced that they will put up billboards with the names of every member of Congress who voted to sell off their constituent’s privacy rights.

“Today Congress proved once again that they care more about the wishes of the corporations that fund their campaigns than they do about the safety and security of their constituents,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future.

“Gutting these privacy rules won’t just allow Internet Service Providers to spy on us and sell our personal information, it will also enable more unconstitutional mass government surveillance, and fundamentally undermine our cybersecurity by making our sensitive personal information vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves, and foreign governments,” she added.

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The group released a draft mock-up of what the initial billboard – which will be unveiled in Washington, DC and in select districts – will look like, with the names of the 50 Senators who voted for the bill last week. Today they tweeted a mock-up of a billboard targeting Rep Marsha Blackburn, who has taken nearly $700,000 in contributions from telecom companies over her career.

“Congress should know by now that when you come for the Internet, the Internet comes for you,” Greer added, “these billboards are just the beginning. People from across the political spectrum are outraged, and every lawmaker who votes to take away our privacy will regret it come election day.”

The public backlash following the party-line vote in the Senate clearly had an impact, as 15 Republicans broke ranks to vote against the controversial measure.

By using the CRA to gut the FCC broadband privacy rules, lawmakers voted to allow ISPs to:

-Monitor and sell customer’s location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits to advertisers without your permission

-Hijack customer’s search results, redirecting their traffic to paying third parties

-Insert ads into web pages that would otherwise not have them

Fight for the Future was instrumental in the massive grassroots campaign that successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the strongest net neutrality protections in US. history last year. They built the page BattleForTheNet.com, which was responsible for more than ¼ of all the net neutrality comments received by the FCC during its feedback process, and were behind the Internet Slowdown protest, which was supported by more than 40,000 websites including some of the largest on the Web like Kickstarter, Etsy, Netflix, and Tumblr.  

The group also helped take the fight for net neutrality into the streets with creative protest campaigns like Occupy the FCC and the nationwide Internet Emergency protests.

Fight for the Future is best known for their role in the massive online protests against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more at FightFortheFuture.org

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URGENT: Congress votes today on whether to gut Internet privacy. Contact the House Freedom Caucus!

Posted 14:31 EDT on March 28, 2017

The House of Representatives will vote today on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon from selling your personal information – like browsing history and real-time location – to advertisers without your consent.

CLICK HERE TO CALL YOUR REPS

The rules that could be repealed also prevent ISPs from injecting ads into your web browsing, installing undetectable software on your devices to track your activity, and deploying systems to undermine encryption. When ISPs collect and store this information, they will also be making it available to the Federal government and law enforcement through bulk surveillance programs.

The measure passed the Senate last week, and it was a strict party line vote with 50 members of the GOP voting to gut the rules. Given that many members of the House Freedom Caucus have taken strong previous stands for American’s right to privacy, it’s very important that we make sure they know that voters from across the spectrum want them to oppose this attack on our basic rights. Below are the names, phone numbers, and twitter handles. Please contact them now. The vote could come within hours.

Here’s a sample script of what you can say if you call:

“Hi, I’m calling to ask REP NAME to protect my Internet privacy and vote against the Congressional Review Act bill coming before the House today to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules. Please pass my message along to the Representative. Thank you.”

Mark Meadows
(202) 225-6401
@RepMarkMeadows

Justin Amash
(202) 225-3831
@justinamash

Brian Babin
(202) 225-1555
@RepBrianBabin

Joe Barton
(202) 225-2002
@RepJoeBarton ‏

Rod Blum
(202) 225-2911
@RepRodBlum ‏

Dave Brat
(202) 225-2815
@RepDaveBrat

Jim Bridenstine
(918) 935-3222
@RepJBridenstine

Mo Brooks
(202) 225-4801
@RepMoBrooks

Ken Buck
(202) 225-4676
@RepKenBuck

Warren Davidson
(202) 225-6205
@WarrenDavidson

Ron DeSantis
(202) 225-2706
@RepDeSantis

Scott DesJarlais
(202) 225-6831
@DesJarlaisTN04

Jeff Duncan
(202) 225-5435
@RepJeffDuncan

Trent Franks
(202) 225-4576
@RepTrentFranks

Tom Garrett Jr.
(202) -225-4711
@GarrettforVA

Louie Gohmert
(202) 225-3035
@replouiegohmert

Paul Gosar
(202) 225-2315
@RepGosar

Morgan Griffith
(202) 225-3861
@RepMGriffith

Andy Harris
(202) 225-5311
@RepAndyHarrisMD

Jody Hice
(202) 225-4101
@CongressmanHice

Jim Jordan
(202) 225-2676
@Jim_Jordan

Raúl Labrador
(202) 225-6611
@Raul_Labrador

Alex Mooney
(202) 225-2711
@RepAlexMooney

Gary Palmer
(202) 225-4921
@USRepGaryPalmer

Steve Pearce
(202) 225-2365
@RepStevePearce

Scott Perry
(202) 225-5836
@RepScottPerry

Bill Posey
(202) 225-3671
@congbillposey

Mark Sanford
(202) 225-3176
@RepSanfordSC

David Schweikert
(202) 225-2190
@RepDavid

Randy Weber
(202) 225-2831
@TXRandy14

Ted Yoho
202-225-5744
@RepTedYoho

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