Fight for the Future


From the same folks that brought us SOPA

Posted 10:46 EST on March 6, 2015

Dear Fight for the Future member,

Alarm bells are ringing. We just got word from our allies in DC that U.S. Congress is getting ever closer to cutting a deal to secretively “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), a massive trade deal where decisions that affect the global future of the Internet are made behind closed doors. [1]

We need to act swiftly and strike hard. Will you call Senator Ron Wyden right now and tell him: “Please don’t betray the Internet! No Fast Track for the TPP”

Here’s his number: 202-224-5244

Can’t call? Click here to send him an email or tweet at him!

We don’t know exactly what’s in the TPP, because the U.S. government has been blocking the release of the text [2], but we do know who has a seat at the table and is helping write the sections on copyright and Internet policy: the MPAA and RIAA. [3] Yep, the same folks that brought us SOPA.

We also know from leaked versions of the text that the TPP would lead to a more censored, policed, and expensive Internet for everyone, and have all kinds of other side effects on things like access to medicine, online privacy, and even whistleblower protections. [4]

But there’s good news. One of the key Senators involved with this deal is Ron Wyden, from Oregon. He’s been a strong ally on most Internet freedom issues, and was one of the first politicians to openly oppose SOPA, back before that was the cool thing to do.

Senator Wyden should be on our side on this issue, but he hasn’t heard from enough Internet users to make him feel like it’s a real Internet freedom issue. We need to change that. And fast.

Call Senator Wyden right now at 202-224-5244 or Click here to email or tweet him.

We are healing a Fast Track bill could be introduced as early as next month. Once that happens, it will be close to impossible to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Our best shot at stopping this thing and saving the Internet is if we can keep Senator Wyden from making that deal in the first place.

That’s why we’re emailing you today, and that’s why I’m asking you, personally, to PLEASE take action right now. Call Senator Wyden right now to say NO Fast Track for the TPP.

Dial 202-224-5244 or Click here to email or tweet him through our handy dandy action page.

Thanks, Internet!  We’ve proven over and over again that when we fight, we win. Let’s keep it up!

For the web,
-Evan at FFTF

P.S. Need a primer on the TPP and what the biggest problems with it are? Check out this great blog bost by our friends over at EFF or retweet this great mini-infographic we made

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BREAKING: Grumpy Cat Soars Over Comcast Headquarters to Say "Don’t Mess With The Internet”

Posted 13:07 EST on February 27, 2015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2015

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

PHILADELPHIA – Net Neutrality advocates Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press flew an airplane towing a 2,000 square foot banner over Comcast’s towering corporate headquarters in Philadelphia in celebration of yesterday’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote protecting Net Neutrality. The banner depicted the popular Internet meme Grumpy Cat, and read “Comcast: Don’t Mess With the Internet.”

Click here for a full set of photos and videos.

These photos and video clips are available for use by press and may be credited as courtesy of Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press.

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Here’s a close-up of what the banner looks like:

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The stunt came after a year of escalating grassroots activism that turned the tide on Net Neutrality and led directly to yesterday’s FCC vote to approve the strongest Net Neutrality rules possible. Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press worked together to organize BattleForTheNet.com, which became by far the most popular Net Neutrality activism site, and also collaborated on the September 10th Internet Slowdown protest, which attracted more than 40,000 websites as participants and drove more than 770,000 comments to the FCC in a single day.

Their most recent effort was the Internet Countdown, which was the largest sustained (lasting more than a single day) online protest effort in history, counting down to yesterday’s vote. More than 19,000 websites supported the countdown including Tumblr, reddit, Yelp, Mozilla, Kickstarter, and MediaFire.

“This is a victory of the Internet, by the Internet, and for the Internet,” said David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress. “Comcast and cable allies spent big for the right to degrade the very service they provide to their customers, and they tried to ignore the millions of public comments in support of Net Neutrality. But they can’t ignore the FCC’s vote yesterday – or a plane flying over their corporate headquarters today. This banner is a message from the millions who stood up to one of the most powerful special interests in Washington: You can’t ignore the Internet. We won at the FCC and we’re ready to fight the ISPs and defend net neutrality in the streets and in the air, in Congress and in the courts. And we will win.“

"For too long Comcast’s towering corporate headquarters has cast a dark shadow over Philadelphians wanting affordable access to a fast and open Internet. It’s encouraging now to see people across the city call out the cable giant for failing to live up to its promises to protect Net Neutrality and connect more people to essential communications services,” said Mary Alice Crim, Field Director at Free Press. "Millions of people are now taking a powerful stand for their rights to connect and communicate. It’s a movement that has shifted the debate in Washington, and Comcast should take note.”

“Comcast should have known that Internet users would not tolerate their blatant attacks on free speech and democracy. Let this be a warning to every goliath company, government, and institution of power in the world. If you mess with the Internet, the Internet will mess with you. And the Internet always wins,” said Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer.

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Statement from Fight for the Future on day of historic FCC net neutrality vote

Posted 08:18 EST on February 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26th, 2015

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

WASHINGTON, DC––In a matter of hours the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on the strongest net neutrality rules in history. One year ago, no one thought that Title II based net neutrality rules that protect free speech online were possible in Washington, DC. But the Internet rose up to defend itself, and it won.

Fight for the Future, a digital rights group that led the grassroots charge for net neutrality, issued the following statement:

Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng said, “This is our free speech struggle in the digital age. Institutions of power should know by now: Internet users will not stand idly by while anyone tries to take their freedom away. And when Internet users come together to fight for something they believe in, nothing can stop them.”

Fight for the Future worked with a broad coalition of advocacy groups and small tech companies to organize an escalating series of actions including Occupy the FCC and the massive Internet Slowdown protest. Using cutting edge technology, they built tools to amplify the voices of Internet users, including CallTheFCC.com, which circumvented the FCC’s switchboard and drove more than 55,000 phone calls directly to the desks of FCC employees responsible for the new net neutrality rules. Over the past month, they organized the Internet Countdown, the largest sustained online protest in history, which brought together nearly 20,000 websites to count down the seconds until the FCC’s historic vote.

Fight for the Future is a 6 person team best known for their role as catalysts in the epic SOPA blackout in 2012 and as the organizers of Reset the Net, an online privacy campaign that was endorsed by Edward Snowden. The group was recently profiled in the Boston Globe for their pivotal role in winning the fight for net neutrality.

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ADVISORY: Internet activists who won the net neutrality fight prepare to celebrate victory in Washington, DC

Posted 09:21 EST on February 25, 2015
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MEDIA ADVISORY

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

Internet activists who won the net neutrality fight prepare to celebrate victory in Washington, DC

Fight for the Future, best known for their role instigating the SOPA protests, played pivotal role in net neutrality battle, created game changing Internet Slowdown protest

WASHINGTON, DC––While all eyes are on the Federal Communications Commission, Fight for the Future, a nonpartisan digital rights group that has played a central role in the net neutrality fight, is preparing to join with allies and supporters in Washington, DC to celebrate their unprecedented, and presumed impossible victory over cable company lobbyists.

This morning, net neutrality supporters plan to pack a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill holding up their phones, laptops, and tablets opened to ProtestSign.org, a website that turns your entire device’s screen into a net neutrality “sign.” Check back soon for photos.

Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer said, “The cynical anti-net neutrality hearing this morning is a three ring circus that no one wants to buy tickets to. Everyone knows that the tides have turned. Even opponents of net neutrality and free speech are finally admitting defeat as the FCC prepares to vote on rules that–just one year ago–were thought to be completely impossible. DC insiders, lobbyists, and pundits would do well to take the word “impossible” out of their vocabulary. When Internet users learn that the free and open Web is being threatened, they’ll stop at nothing to defend it, and when the Internet comes together to fight, nothing is impossible.”

Greer and Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng will be available for interviews at the following events in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 26th:

WHAT: Victory for the Net: Rally at the FCC
WHEN: Thursday, Feb 26th, 8:15am
WHERE: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St SW
VISUALS: Marching band, net neutrality supporters dancing and celebrating with signs and banners outside FCC building ahead of historic vote


WHAT: Victory for the Net: Party
WHEN: Thursday, Feb 26th, 6:30pm
WHERE: Lost Society, 2001 14th St NW
VISUALS: Net neutrality supporters celebrating in an indoor bar venue, speakers including Nancy Pelosi and activists from a wide range of activist groups that were instrumental in securing net neutrality


To schedule an interview, call Evan Greer at 978-852-6457 or email press@fightforthefuture.org

Additionally, Fight for the Future is working with many other groups to support the #InternetCountdown JUMBOTRON, a giant video-billboard streaming net neutrality messages from thousands of Internet users, which will be parked directly outside FCC Headquarters today, Wednesday, Feb 25th.

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ADVISORY: Sen. Edward Markey to Join Net Neutrality Coalition for Tuesday Press Conference

Posted 11:46 EST on February 23, 2015


What a victory for Net Neutrality means for hundreds of millions of Internet users

WASHINGTON — Supporters of the open Internet will convene a telephone press conference on Tuesday to set the stage for a momentous week for Net Neutrality. The speakers will include Sen. Edward Markey, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron, Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer, and Center for Media Justice Executive Director Malkia Cyril.

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to pass strong Net Neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act. The Feb. 24 press call will discuss both this historic vote and two upcoming congressional hearings on Net Neutrality. It will feature brief remarks from leaders of the Net Neutrality movement followed by a Q&A with reporters.

We are at a pivotal moment in the fight for Net Neutrality. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has responded to the overwhelming public support for strong Title II protections by proposing rules built on this legal framework. Since the FCC’s open Internet proceeding began in May 2014, a record-breaking 4 million people have submitted comments. A vast majority of commenters have urged the FCC to protect Internet users’ rights and prevent a few powerful phone and cable companies from controlling the future of communications.

Here are the details for the call:

WHAT: Press Teleconference on Net Neutrality, Congress and the FCC
WHEN: Tues., Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. EST
CALL-IN NUMBERS: 877-876-9175 or 785-424-1668
WHO: Craig Aaron of Free Press, Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, Rachel Colyer of Daily Kos, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps of Common Cause, Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice, Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance, Chris Lewis of Public Knowledge, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Michael Scurato of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Sarah Morris of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, David Segal of Demand Progress, and Michael Winship of Writers Guild of America, East


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