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How to Save Net Neutrality in Europe (Urgent)

Posted 12:40 EDT on October 22, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27, the European Parliament will vote on rules intended to protect network neutrality in the European Union (EU). However, the proposal about to be adopted fails to deliver real network neutrality to the EU and is much weaker than current rules in the United States.

Fortunately, it’s not too late to change course. Members of Parliament can still secure meaningful network neutrality for Europe — if they adopt key amendments on Tuesday.

Want to help? Click here to send an email to the European Parliament.

Or click here to make a phone call.

Did you do it? Awesome! Now keep reading to learn more, from a leading expert on Net Neutrality…

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VIDEO: Ted Cruz admits he has not read CISA days before crucial vote

Posted 20:01 EDT on October 21, 2015

A video from October 15th has recently emerged showing Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seemingly confused by a question about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, and admitting that he has not yet read the bill, which is currently on the Senate floor and expected to come to a crucial vote within days.

View the video here: https://www.facebook.com/internet2016/videos/1505163873142638/

“I will confess that that is not a bill that I have studied,” Cruz responded when asked by an audience member about the controversial bill at an event in Kalona, Iowa. He went on to express that he has privacy concerns about data collection “across the board” but reiterated “I have not examined that particular bill.”

Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng had this to say in response to the video, “Ted Cruz’s confused response about CISA underscores the fact that Congress has no clue what they are voting on, and even less of a clue how to actually address critical cybersecurity issues. Security experts, tech companies who actually deal with cyber attacks, and privacy advocates all agree this bill is not only flawed but dangerous. I sincerely hope that Ted Cruz and the rest of Congress can take some time out of their busy campaigning schedules to actually read this bill before they vote on it.”

Feel free to reach out to us for more. We’re working on getting a version of the video up on YouTube to make it easier to embed.

Best,

-Evan at FFTF

press@fightforthefuture.org

P.S. I am still traveling – I have access to email but if you need to reachout by phone call my colleague Holmes Wilson at 614-465-6371

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Anti-CISA groups plan protest outside Capitol Building tomorrow night with light up signs

Posted 17:02 EDT on October 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 1015

On site contact: Jeff Lyon, press@fightforthefuture.org

WHAT: Nerds, activists, gamers, and civil liberties proponents who oppose CISA, the controversial cyber surveillance bill currently on the Senate floor, will protest outside the Capitol Building tomorrow holding glowing light up signs that read “NO CISA.”

WHEN: Thursday, October, 22nd from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

WHERE: East side of U.S. Capitol Building, gather at NE 1st Street and East Capitol.

WHO: the protest is being organized by Fight for the Future, Defending Dissent Foundation & Bill of Rights Defense Committee, CODEPINK, Restore the Fourth, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Access, and concerned residents from Washington, DC.

VISUALS: Protesters holding large, light up signs reading “NO CISA” with Capitol building in background. (See example from a previous protest here.)

CONTACT: Jeff Lyon, +1 (650) 906-5975, press@fightforthefuture.org

Fight for the Future will have high-resolution photos available for use by press after the event. CTO Jeff Lyon will be available for media interviews at the protest.

Background:

Fight for the Future and a coalition of other advocacy groups have lead a series of high profile campaigns sparking massive public outrage against the bill. Earlier this year they launched Operation: #FaxBigBrother, generating more than 6 million faxes to Senate offices lambasting CISA with the message that “Congress is stuck in 1984.” They also launched a legislative “scoreboard” that grades every member of Congress on their recent surveillance voting record and encourages visitors to contact their lawmakers to oppose CISA.

The grassroots campaigns have sparked an avalanche of opposition from the tech industry as well. Over the weekend Twitter,  Yelp, reddit, and Wikipedia weighed in against CISA. Last week, CCIA, an industry association representing tech giants Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Sprint, and others, also issued a statement slamming the bill. Mozilla, imgur, Wordpress, Craigslist, Namecheap, and hundreds of other companies have opposed CISA and similar information sharing legislation in the past.

Last month, the Business Software Alliance, which represents Apple, Microsoft, and other major tech companies, clarified that it does not support any of the three information sharing bills before Congress after Fight for the Future ran a public campaign called YouBetrayedUs that spurred a flurry of angry emails from consumers targeting companies that signed a BSA letter that appeared to support CISA. The group also initiated a boycott of Heroku, the webhosting service owned by Salesforce, which prompted Salesforce’s CEO to take to twitter condemning the BSA letter and saying his company opposes CISA.

The group continued to make headlines by calling for the CEO of Experian to resign over his company’s support for CISA after a devastating hack exposed the private data of 15 million T-Mobile customers. Just yesterday, following a viral AP story about Hillary Clinton’s cybersecurity failings as Secretary of State, Fight for the Future launched a petition calling for her to state her position on CISA, noting that her opponent Bernie Sanders opposes the bill.

Fight for the Future and a large coalition of other groups are watching CISA’s progress closely and are preparing for a final showdown on the Senate floor. Senators that expect to maintain their constuents trust would do well to take note of the rising level of opposition to this toxic legislation, which is now only supported by a few self-interested corporations and lawmakers who have a track record of voting to expand and maintain unpopular government surveillance programs.

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Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.org and https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheftr

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Fight for the Future launches “Corporate Scorecard” grading major tech companies on whether they publicly fight for user privacy

Posted 08:13 EDT on October 21, 2015

23 major tech companies oppose CISA, while 12 support it or are silent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21st, 2015

Contact: Holmes Wilson, 614-465-6371, press@fightforthefuture.org

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a “Corporate Scorecard” that grades more than 30 of the world’s largest technology companies based on their public positions on key U.S. policy questions affecting Internet users’ privacy and security.

View the scorecard here: https://www.decidethefuture.org/#corporate

The scorecard divides companies into two groups, “Team Internet” and “Team NSA,” based on their stated positions. It grades companies on three current policy questions: Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform, support or opposition for government backdoors in encryption, and the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which just hit the Senate floor last night.

“People trust these companies with a staggering amount of personal information, and we need ways to hold them accountable to ensure they keep our data safe from both attackers and the government,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “It’s not enough for companies to employ basic security practices, they need to be actively fighting for their users’ basic rights when key policy questions come up. Politicians constantly claim the support of the tech industry when attempting to undermine our privacy, so these companies have a responsibility to fight back.”

To be included on “Team Internet” a company must receive a “star” on all three issues. The scorecard only considered public statements made by companies in official blog posts, tweets, to the media, or via their industry associations. Remaining silent on essential policy questions that affect a company’s users was also counted against that company’s score. Companies that took a particularly strong stand, issuing their own statement rather than through an industry association, received a special seal denoting that they went “above and beyond.”

The scorecard shows that the majority of technology companies are aligned with their users in opposing policy that would lead to more government surveillance. 23 of the companies, for example, oppose CISA, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, Yahoo, Yelp, Netflix, Amazon, Ebay, Wikipedia, and Dropbox. Apple and Dropbox joined this list yesterday, when they came out unequivocally against CISA.

Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T received among the worst scores, ending up on “Team NSA” along with companies like Xerox, Priceline, and Expedia. IBM, LinkedIn, HP, and Intel also ended up on “Team NSA” primarily due to their support for or silence on CISA.

Fight for the Future has run multiple pressure campaigns in recent months calling on technology companies to take public positions on CISA. The Business Software Alliance (BSA), for example, had initially released a letter that appeared to support the bill, but quickly retracted that position after it sparked a public backlash and calls for boycotts.

For more details on Fight for the Future’s recent campaigns around issues of user privacy and tech company accountability, see our press release from yesterday.

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Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.org and https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheftr

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BREAKING: Apple comes out against CISA days before critical vote

Posted 20:48 EDT on October 20, 2015

Apple is the latest major tech company to come out opposing the controversial bill, which would undermine user privacy without improving security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2015

Contact: Holmes Wilson, 614-465-6371, press@fightforthefuture.org

Just days before a critical vote, Apple has become the latest major tech company to voice their opposition to CISA, a so-called cybersecurity bill that experts say would undermine user privacy while utterly failing to improve cybersecurity.

“We don’t support the current CISA proposal,” Apple said in a statement to the Washington Post, “The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.”

“Apple gets privacy and security better than most companies, and way better than Congress does,” said Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “Our lawmakers’ lack of understanding of cybersecurity isn’t just embarrassing, it’s dangerous. They should listen to the experts and abandon this hopelessly flawed bill.”

Apple’s statement is the latest in what can only be described as a revolt by the tech industry who now nearly unanimously oppose the bill. In recent weeks CCIA, which represents Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, and Sprint issued a statement opposing the legislation, reinforcing individual statements from Twitter,  Yelp, reddit, and Wikipedia.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), which represents Microsoft, Adobe, and others, also clarified that they do not support the bill after Fight for the Future launched YouBetrayedUs.org, a public campaign in response to a letter BSA issued that appeared to support CISA-like legislation.

For more on Fight for the Future’s campaigns against CISA, see our press release from earlier today.

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Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.org and https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheftr

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