Sometimes I wonder if signing a petition, tweeting a link, or forwarding an email can possibly do any good. According to the email I received today from OpenMedia.Org it really does. I copy/pasted it below FYI.
Ken, it’s been a wild ride this last while, but I want to take a moment to thank you for all you’ve helped our small OpenMedia team to accomplish.
The truth is our work can feel like a heavy burden at times. Keeping the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free is often like a mission to safeguard the future of our democracy.
Day in and day out, we’re up against government bureaucracies and industry lobbyists equipped with an order of magnitude more resources than us.
So what keeps us going? That’s easy: our inspiring community — especially leaders like you.
Why? Because your engagement with our projects and campaigns makes it possible to beat the odds.
Whether you signed a petition, spoke out on social networks, wrote a letter, canvassed in your community, or created media — it comes together into a powerful expression that makes change possible.
Here’s a few concrete examples of what we’ve done together this year:
Launched a brand-new openmedia.org website just this week.
Hundreds of thousands of people engaged in the largest grassroots education effort in our generation to turn reckless spying Bill C-51 killc51.ca/?src=158804 into a politically toxic piece of legislation.
Together we launched a first-of-its-kind network savethelink.org/?src=158804 of dozens of organizations and tens of thousands of people around the world united to stand up for our right to link to content of our choosing online.
We helped stop the Internet Slow Lane stoptheslowdown.net/?src=15880… in the US (where our favorite websites live) by putting your voices on a giant jumbotron outside the FCC.
We published a unique crowdsourced plan privacyplan.ca/?src=158804 to fix our privacy deficit in Canada with the help of 125,000 of you. We’ve already handed it directly to both the Privacy Commissioner and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
We crowdfunded a giant billboard in Silicon Valley against Facebook’s gatekeeper position with their fake “Internet” service nofakeinternet.org/?src=158804… (now called Free Basics)— encouragingly, Facebook has begun to make reforms.
We won a huge victory to stop big telecom giants from blocking our access to more affordable independent ISPs on next-gen fibre. Bell Canada is now trying to overturn this ruling, but if you stay with us we’ll beat them again. act.openmedia.org/emergency?sr…
I firmly believe that the technologies that are ever more embedded in our lives must work for us, not against us: the Internet was created for sharing and connecting, not for censorship or surveillance.
With your ongoing help we’ll ensure the Internet operates as an open place that empowers people to build a better, more connected, and more collaborative world.
OK, I’ll leave it there. As our small team finalizes the prep for our crucial end of the year monthly donor drive, I just wanted to pause, pull my head up from the screen, and say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You give me hope,
Steve Anderson, for your OpenMedia team
PS: If you think this work’s important and want to get a headstart on our supporter drive, why not join us now as an OpenMedia ally? act.openmedia.org/donate?src=1…
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