Get the G8 to Protect the Net

Jade Frank
Posted May 25, 2011 from United States

Dear friends,

For the first time, the leaders of the G8 developed countries are going to discuss the internet’s role in society and the economy at their annual meeting next week in France. Worryingly, the French government -- which holds the G8 rotating presidency this year -- has largely shut out civil society and the interests of users like us.

Instead, the Heads of State of some of the most powerful nations are going to be advised by corporate CEOs, many of whom have paid $100,000 just for a seat at the table. From documents leaked by official invitees and our contacts with French activists, the discussions at this year’s G8 meetings are going to focus on issues like strict intellectual property enforcement instead of citizen-centered policies like net neutrality, privacy protection, and combating online censorship.

Unless we speak out now, decisions about internet policy are going to be made at the highest levels without our voices represented. Please sign this urgent petition calling on the G8 leaders to adopt sensible, citizen-centered internet policies, starting with saying NO to online censorship and the internet kill switch and YES to net neutrality and expanding internet access for all, which we’ll deliver at a press conference to the assembled world media on Monday in Paris.

https://www.accessnow.org/G8-Protect-the-Net

In concert with other civil society organizations from around the world working towards the promotion of internet freedom, digital rights, and open communication, Access has been fighting to get press and public attention about the deals that governments and corporations are likely to strike next week.

That's why we're penning a letter to French President Sarkozy, dispatching one of our team to Paris to deliver your petition, taking part in a press conference, and educating key government representatives ahead of the meeting, but it’s going to take a global outcry to influence these key decision makers, so please sign the petition to defend our digital rights!

https://www.accessnow.org/G8-Protect-the-Net

For internet freedom, The Access Team

P.S. After thousands of you from over 75 countries joined Access's Worm in the Apple Campaign about mobile location tracking, we took your petition to Washington, met with top decision makers at the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law, and we’re continuing to push the US Government to reform critical privacy laws that affect users all over the world. Already another hearing has been set to delve further into these issues.

https://www.accessnow.org/G8-Protect-the-Net

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Nusrat Ara
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011

That is really sad Jade

Love

Jade Frank
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011
Nusrat Ara
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011

Sure.

Olutosin
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011

I am a living witness of social media...they will never invite me to their discussion because they know the truth hurts and we are trained to speak facts........

Jade Frank
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011

Sister Olutosin,

I hope that you will join the PulseWire community in our Universal Internet Action Blogging Campaign:http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/action-blogging-campaign-un...

I know you have a powerful testimony to share regarding this topic:

World Pulse invites women worldwide to share their personal testimonies on obstacles faced and risks taken in accessing the Internet to seek information, speak freely, and connect globally.

Share your personal testimony on the everyday obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet. Does expressing yourself freely put you at great risk for your personal safety? What's it like battling constant power outages or a slow connection speed? Do you pay exorbitant prices and endure harassment at local Internet cafes? Or does your country filter and block access to important information?

We also want to hear about innovative ways you're utilizing the Internet to accelerate change in your life, your community, or globally. How has the Internet made a difference in your life? What will it take to improve access in your community, and what does Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom mean to you?

Love, Jade

Olutosin
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011

I will do that hope it is not late by weekend?

Jade Frank
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011

No - that won't be too late. The deadline for submissions is June 17. So you have some time!

Love, Jade

Sarvina Kang
May 27, 2011
May 27, 2011

Hi Jade,

I will join your campaign!

Love,

Sarvina

Jade Frank
May 27, 2011
May 27, 2011

Wonderful Sarvina,

I look forward to reading your testimony! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

Love, Jade

Fawzia Mayar
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 05, 2011

Hi Jade , It is really made me sad ,

regards, Fawzia