Joint Declaration on ACTA

Glyn Moody tweeted a link to this petition. Signing should not replace calling and/or writing your elected representatives. Perhaps the petition will help persuade those not entirely convinced by messages of concerns from their constituents. At the very least, this is a good text from which to model your personal correspondence and to extract some statements and questions for a call.

ORG Hosts Workshops for Talking to Your MP about DEB

With the deliberations around the now tabled Digital Economy Bill in full swing, Cory shares news on Boing Boing of the Open Rights Group hosting workshops this Saturday specifically on how to discuss this problematic bill with elected representatives.

If you are in or near any of Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh or London, check out the post for full details. You can follow ORG on Twitter for their live tweets of deliberations over aspects of the bill and its proposed amendments to get spun up on the relevant issues, too, as the workshops look to be focusing more on manner of approach. I’m sure they’ll provide any necessary background as well for any interested folks who may need it.

Contact Your Senators to Support the JUSTICE Act

I got an email from the EFF this morning pointing out they have a new action alert at their wonderful Action Center site. I’ve written about the newly introduced JUSTICE Act and the alert provides some good, additional background material:

The new bill, called the JUSTICE Act, would add essential new checks and balances to a broad range of surveillance powers. In particular, it would reform the notorious National Security Letter power that allows the FBI, without court supervision, to secretly demand that companies hand over your private phone and Internet records.

I am thrilled by one of the bill’s other aims.

The JUSTICE Act would also repeal the immunity for telecommunications companies that illegally assisted in the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program. This would restore the rule of law and allow EFF’s suit against AT&T to continue so that the courts can do their job and rule on the legality of the surveillance.

Run, don’t walk, to the EFF’s site, register if you haven’t already, and act by contacting your senators and ask them to support this critical reform bill.

Philadelphia Public Libraries Saved

I saw Cory’s post on Boing Boing reporting the happy news. The linked article doesn’t have any details on the contents of the funding bill, just thanks for all of the public action that helped draw attention to the city’s libraries’ plight in particular.

Hopefully my source will have some details about the broader ramifications of the bill both for Philadelphia and the state’s broader budget concerns.

In the EU? Call Your MEP about Citizen’s Rights Amendment

The evolution of the pending reform of telecommunications regulation in the EU has been noting if not confusing.  There has been maneuvering to try to push the French inspired three strikes rule into it.  A variety of contentious amendments have been added, revised, and removed covering issues of network neutrality, intellectual monopoly, and consumer rights.

The “Citizen’s Rights Amendment”, as reported on Boing Boing, restores the critical consumer protections that were stripped previously by the so-called compromise amendment.  European citizens and activists have a bit less than forty-eight hours to contact their respective representatives and urge them to vote in favor of the amendment during the second reading of the telecoms package.

The Boing Boing post has more details as well as a link for information on how to identify and contact your MEP.