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Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty -- if they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We have only 2 days-->

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Kit B. (276)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:09 am
(Image from Avaaz petiton)

Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty -- if they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We have only 2 days to stop them.

The Internet has been an amazing example of people power -- allowing us to connect, speak out and pressure leaders like never before. That's largely because it's been governed to date by users and non-profits and not governments. But now countries like Russia, China and United Arab Emirates are trying to rewrite a major telecom treaty called the ITR to bring the Internet under its control -- the web would then be shaped by government interests and not by us, the users. Tim Berners Lee, one of the "fathers of the Internet," has warned that this could increase censorship online and invade our privacy. But if we object with a massive people-powered petition, we can strengthen the hand of countries fighting this power grab.

We have stopped attacks like this before and can do it again before the treaty text is locked this week. A wave of opposition to a new ITR is already building -- sign the petition to tell governments hands off our Internet! and then share this campaign with everyone you know -- when we hit 1 million signers, it'll be delivered straight to the delegates at this cozy meeting.

To the ITU and all nations meeting at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai:

As citizens of the world and Internet users, we call on you to reject any changes to current Internet regulations that would weaken or alter the free and open nature of the Internet, or give any government or body the ability to infringe on Internet users’ rights to free speech, free access to information or privacy. We also demand that any proposed changes to current international Internet regulations be publicly debated, and subject to citizen input and approval.
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Victoria S. (19)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:15 am
Shared on Facebook and Twitter

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:24 am
Signed & posted

JL A. (281)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:32 am
signed will now share

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:45 am
Noted, signed, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks Kit. This definitely cannot be allowed to happen. It completely goes against the first amendment.

Ben Oscarsito (275)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:52 am
Signed this morning...

Angelika R. (143)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:36 am
already signed & shared, thx for posting Kit. (waiting for the anti-Avaaz faction to pop up here..wondering what's their reason THIS TIME)

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:03 am
Noted & Signed

Lin Penrose (92)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:18 am
noted and signed. thanks kit.

Lisa Neste (771)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:21 am
Signed, thanks Kit!

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:24 am
Signed, of course.

No-one's going to stop me saying whatever I want on the intern...............


Robert O. (12)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:25 am
Thank you for taking action to save the Internet!

Gladly signed. Thanks Kit.

Michela M. (4008)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:28 am

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:43 am

When I signed this petition it was at 52+ thousand now at 116,655 and growing.

Gloria picchetti (310)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:43 am
Previously signed.

Pat B. (359)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:47 am
Thank you, Kit for this. Definitely signed.!!

Yumana Yunes (197)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:50 am
119,105 of 500,000 at time of signing, Common lets share this!

Yumana Yunes (197)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:50 am
Forgot to thank Kit. Thanks Kit!

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:11 pm
Ty KItt and Dandelion...Signed

Vicky P. (476)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:48 pm
Noted and signed, thanks kit

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:49 pm
Signed.What is left if internet will be also censored .Thanks Kit for the post. Thanks also to all my friends who drew my attention to this petition.

Edwin M. (349)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:54 pm
Signed thanks Kit

valda p. (13)
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:58 pm
Signed.only those who are being exposed want to censor our writing as well as -freedom of speech.

Christeen Anderson (659)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:10 pm

Barbara W. (342)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:25 pm
signed and shared

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:28 pm

142,654 have signed. Help us get to 500,000 - Thanks to all of you.

Emma S. (240)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:31 pm
Done! Thanks, Kit.

Rose Becke (142)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:42 pm
Signed this morning Kit Thank you

Susie S. (4)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:50 pm
signed and shared

Vallee R. (277)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:54 pm
Already signed!

Dianna M. (16)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:56 pm
Tyrants and dictators have always known this If you can control the flow of information, you can control the populace easier. And I don't believe for a moment that this couldn't happen here in the US.

Sharon F. (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 1:59 pm
Thanks for the post. We have to be vigilant in all aspects of our lives! Too bad.

Ruth M. (235)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:14 pm
Already signed

Muriel Servaege (53)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:21 pm
Already signed and spread.

Sara W. (107)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:33 pm
Gladly signed.

Cheryl O. (82)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:37 pm
Signed HUN TY

Cal Mendelsohn (1085)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:08 pm
signed and noted--thanks so much for posting this, Kit

pam w. (138)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:12 pm
Already signed, although I don't understand how this could possibly happen or possibly work.

But..I signed anyway.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:20 pm
signed and shared on twitters,, can't share on facebook,, facebook is down

Ellen m. (215)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:35 pm
Signed, shared and tweeted..
Thanks Kit, and to Philip for the forward.

Petra M. (260)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:52 pm
Signed & Noted...

David C. (241)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:29 pm
signed. thanks.

Joe R. (190)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:39 pm
Thanks Kit. Signed and noted.

(Thanks Susanne R for the forward.)

Cam V. (417)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:41 pm
Done Kit and posted it to Facebook as well. Time for the UN to go .....

Darlene W. (307)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:48 pm
noted and signed, thank you and blessings to all our Care 2 friends.

Ellen Kent (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:52 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:55 pm
already signed, TU Kit

Barbara Goheen (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:00 pm
Signed and Noted.

M D. (580)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:09 pm
Absolutely signed.

Eternal Gardener (746)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:18 pm

Michael Carney (217)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:26 pm
Noted, and signed...

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:27 pm
Signed !!!

Joy McRonald (168)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:29 pm
Thank you.. noted

Karen S. (106)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:41 pm
I see I'm not alone in signing this!!!
Thanks Kit.

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:52 pm

202,997 have signed. Help us get to 500,000

Elsie Au (259)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:53 pm
Done. Thanks Kit.

Gloria Morotti (1)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:55 pm

Jelica R. (144)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:04 pm
TY Kit

204,174 have signed. Help us get to 500,000

Naoko I. (264)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:35 pm
Signed. Thanks Kit.

Monday December 10, 2012, 7:38 pm
Thanks Kit. Signed.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 8:37 pm
Signed Cheers Kit

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday December 10, 2012, 8:58 pm
A person's rights should never be infringed upon, except in extreme cases.
The problem is, who is to decide what is 'extreme' and what isn't.

Roxy H. (347)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:07 pm
think it said 48k signed kit

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:10 pm
S&N. Though I am now afraid to sign any petitions since they can be changed to whatever the author wants after they have been signed!

Angeles Madrazo (301)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:12 pm

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:32 pm
madness... noted & signed (Thank you for taking action to help stop government censorship of the internet. Now join our Twitter Storm -- click below to send a tweet to ITU General Secretary and the whole meeting in Dubai:)

. (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:56 pm
Signed. Thanks Kit.

Giana Peranio-Paz (407)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:56 pm
Noted, but it wouldn't let me sign the petition for security reasons. Anyway, my full moral support!

Marie W. (67)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:31 pm

Colleen L. (3)
Monday December 10, 2012, 11:59 pm
Signed petition. Thanks Kit

Kevin A. (64)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:00 am
Noted and signed. This has the appearance of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement as well. The global power grab can only succeed if they silence the dissenters. If the governments or the corporations like Monsanto should get control of the net, only that info (propaganda) supportive of them would be seen and read.

Without the web we would have only their propaganda loaded news and entertainment magazines. Our networks would effectively be destroyed. Our petitions could be removed or disrupted. We here must fight against the takeover of the net by governments or corporations, or all of our other fights are doomed. Repeating myself? Good, you are paying attention.

P A. (117)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:03 am
As of just now, 237,262 have signed - up 150,000 on when I signed yesterday on receipt of the email from AVAAZ - I have sent this to everyone I know - and hope they send it on to everyone they know - it is VITAL!! Kit, I wish I could give you another star - but the computer won't let me! Well done everyone who signed and forwarded it - and double kudos to those who placed it on Fb or Twitter!

P A. (117)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:06 am
Thanks Susanne R for sending me this from Kit, so I could add my 'note' and hopefully raise the profile of this to get it on the front page of C2!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:44 am
noted & signed (Thank you for signing this petition. (If you accidentally sign a petition twice, you'll only be counted once.) Now, help the campaign grow by sharing it with friends! The more people join this campaign, the more powerful our call will be -- please help spread the word:)

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:48 am
signed and noted thanks

Vinita P. (18)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:55 am
Thank you, Kit and Frans.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:01 am
Signed, thanks.

Aylin Tekin (29)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:15 am
Noted, signed and shared. Thanks Frans.


Tinkie K. (71)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:53 am
I think everybody saw this one coming. I signed and I hope it will help, but I doubt it.

Ludger W. (71)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:44 am

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:51 am
Signed, noted and shared thanks Kit. This is such an important issue.

John Gregoire (293)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:18 am
Signed and shared when Avaaz sent it out.

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:29 am
Giana, as you live in Israel I think you have already been silenced as to where you can speak out, if you can not sign this petition.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 7:10 am
Noted, already signed from the Avaaz email!

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 7:20 am

Helle H. (21)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:22 am
signed and posted

Sandra M Z. (114)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:52 am
Avaaz petition I have tried to sign, for some reason I have trouble being "recognized" by their site lately. Hope it went through.

Noted, Thank you Kit.

Birgitta S. (202)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 10:06 am
like Sandra M Z saying. Hope, it went trough. Thank you, Kit.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 11:00 am
To good to last. As with everything else, our priviledges will eventually be taken away.

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:19 pm
Already signed.

Onita Northington (44)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:33 pm
noted and signed! governments need to take their fingers out of the pie.

Helen P. (57)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:53 pm
Thanks for alerting people to this Kit. Noted and signed.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 1:20 pm

Melania Padilla (197)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 1:40 pm
Signed and shared! Thanks.

LMj Recovering Sunshine (144)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:17 pm

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:30 pm
Signed and Noted!

Barbara Goheen (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:41 pm
Noted and signed.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:42 pm

Fran F. (122)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 2:47 pm
Action taken! Kit, thanks for posting this important petition. The current count is 428,081

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:13 pm
Signed and noted thanks

Joanne Dixon (36)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:52 pm
Previously signed.

Tal H. (10)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:22 pm

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:38 pm

445,165 have signed. Help us get to 500,000

In just over 24 hours we are nearly at the goal of 500,00 signatures. By signing and sharing this petition you helped met that goal. My deepest thanks to all of you for you help.

Judy C. (102)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 8:45 pm
Signed. Thanks Kit.

Esther Z. (94)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:28 pm
Noted and signed.

Alison A. (244)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 4:28 am
Signed and noted, thanks Kit.

Madeleine watt (243)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:54 am
I believe that it is past time to give what we get. Another words, it's time to hack and publish all Senatorial and Congressional emails. When they curtail our rights (no healthcare for us? none for them) we must do the same to them immediately. Enough of the bull.

Suheyla C. (234)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 6:12 am
Thank you Kit
noted,signed, shared and add my page facebook

Carlene V. (202)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 6:28 am
Done and thanks

Frank S. (501)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 9:38 am
They have been chomping at the bit for a long time to do this, but then again so has the biz community. Someday the internet freedom will be totally ruined and everything useful censored.

Sergio Padilla (63)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:18 pm
Signed, thanks!!

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:47 pm

Wednesday December 12, 2012, 2:10 pm
Signed & Noted. Thanks Kit

michael sullivan (1022)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 4:27 pm
noted and signed -- let's keep the internet free and uncensored!

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 6:48 pm

Sandra M Z. (114)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 10:47 pm
It took my signature tonight.

Keep the Internet and People Free Worldwide.

Thank you Kit.

Veronique L. (209)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:03 am

Kit B. (276)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 9:07 am

765,579 have signed. Help us get to 1,000,000 - Please accept my gratitude for signing and sharing this petition, let us all keep sharing with friends and family - the more signatures the greater the possible impact. Once a right is taken, it will be gone.

Devon Leonard (54)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 9:45 am
Thanks Kit...This would be tragic if it happens. We need more open dialogues not less. The energy of fear runs amok within the cold hearts of those who use such severe control to stay in power. We must not cease in raising our voices for freedom.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 11:08 am

Petra M. (260)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 4:30 pm
Already signed, thanks Kit!

Ruth R. (249)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:05 pm
Signed and posted to facebook.

Susan V. (80)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 10:32 pm

lee e. (114)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:15 am
I signed it again, just in case :) There is such an attack on Constitutional rights going on - we're moving further away from "democracy" - not that we've had one in over 15 years!

Alice C. (1797)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:44 am
Signed and shared.

Carole K. (200)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:01 am
Noted & signed. TY, Kit for posting & Ruth for FWD.

DORIS L. (61)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:11 am

SuSanne P. (195)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:09 pm
Thank you again Kit and forgive me for being so late to open this.
"Thank you for taking action to help stop government censorship of the internet. N" Every few seconds more signatures were flying on and I have no doubt this will soon meet it's requirement!
847,039 petitions sighed.
I HATE to be negative, but I believe with Abdessalam's post.....
Monday December 10, 2012, 12:49 pm
""What is left if internet will be also censored."

SuSanne P. (195)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:17 pm
In 2 minutes 847,039 SIGNATURES SIGNED went to 847,292 SIGNATURES SIGNED. ThankX to all of you whom shared by Tweet,F.B,etc. to get this out!
I read above that only one signature will be counted. Does that mean if I sign on different email accounts I am screwing up the number count?

Michael Holland (10)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:52 pm
Signed and noted

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday December 14, 2012, 5:25 pm
come on people, WE NEED TO STOP THEM B4 ITS TOO LATE!!!!!

S G. (29)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:01 pm
SIGNED, shared on Facebook, and Twitter...

Tammy Taylor (12)
Friday December 14, 2012, 7:55 pm
Signed, and I really don't believe this will happen ...

Tammy Taylor (12)
Friday December 14, 2012, 7:58 pm

Tammy Taylor (12)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:06 pm
Thank-you Kit, I don't understand how many times I can sign something, but, I do know that I'm doing it for the credits so that I can help the animals ... I care about them more than anything!

Kit B. (276)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:11 pm

You can sign only once. No second signature will be counted.

850,632 have signed. Help us get to 1,000,000 - This has already happened in many countries.

Thank you for signing and helping this petition to reach the goals.

federico bortoletto (46)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:05 am
Notato,firmato e condiviso. Grazie Kit.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:10 pm
noted and signed

. (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:39 am
The internet gives us the opportunity to share information and to get people to act - it is understandable why certain Governments around the world would like to restrict this. We have an awful lot to thank Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British who is accredited for inventing the web for, we must ensure that we don't lose this valuable asset.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 5:57 pm
Signed & Shared

. (0)
Monday December 17, 2012, 10:23 am
N&S Thank you Kit. No more freedoms sacrificed!

Yulan Lawson (156)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 12:13 pm
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 11:02 pm
Noted and signed, cheers.

liz meesters (176)
Monday December 24, 2012, 2:00 pm
signed & noted, thanks

Juliette Claparede (42)
Monday December 31, 2012, 9:50 am
Noted and already signed ! Thanks !
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