All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘We the people’

Do The Privacy Implications Of Google Glass Scare You?

Google Glass has some people spooked. They think that Glass turns those who wear the technology into a surveillance cyborg. Now some groups are calling upon the government to take action. Do you think Google Glass should be banned? Let us know in the comments. TechDirt reports that a new We The People petition submitted on May 3, a man …

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White House Finally Responds To CISPA Petition, Says Cybersecurity Legislation Must Respect Privacy

CISPA is all but dead once again, and the Senate is moving ahead with its own cybersecurity legislation. That doesn’t mean the fight is over though. In fact, the Senate might just propose a bill that’s worse, but the White House says that it won’t let that happen. In an official response to the “Stop CISPA” petition on the We …

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White House Announces Second ‘We The People’ Hackathon

The White House has just announced its second National Day of Civic Hacking, to take place at the White House. It will take place on June 1st. “For the National Day of Civic Hacking, participants will focus on producing full, production ready apps and visualization tools that will be featured on the We the People website and made available under …

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Another Star Wars Petition Hits White House Site, This Time Calling for National R2-D2 Day

Over the half year or so that the White House has been operating their We The People online petition site, we’ve seen that it can be used in a variety of ways. There are the ridiculous petitions – the ones that have absolutely no basis in reality but I’m sure some people think they do. This would include the ones …

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Petition to Force Congress to Wear NASCAR-Style Suits with Corporate Logos Gains Steam

Ever since the White House changed the rules on their We The People petition site, forcing petitions to reach the 100,000-signature threshold before warranting an official response, “successful” petitions have been a lot more scarce. Only a handful of petitions have crossed the barrier, the most recent being two important tech petitions – this one asking the White House to …

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Google Reader Shutdown Prompts Plethora of Petitions

As you may have heard, Google has just announced that they are closing the doors on their 8-year-old RSS aggregator Google Reader. The company cites declining usage and a need to focus on other products as reasons for the shutdown. Google Reader will officially go dark on July 1st, giving users over 3 months to migrate to another service for …

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Anti-CISPA White House Petition Crosses 100,000 Signature Threshold

After CISPA returned in February, privacy advocates started a “We The People” petition asking the White House to stand against the controversial legislation. It’s been a month since the petition was created, and advocates are one step closer to a response. The “Stop CISPA” petition on the We The People petition site has crosses the recently instated 100,000 threshold required …

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Hate Daylight Saving Time? Here’s a Petition for You

If you woke up this morning in a haze and needed an extra cup or four of coffee to get going, you can probably blame Daylight Saving Time. Or your hangover. But probably DST. On Sunday morning at 2:00am our clocks jumped an hour ahead, forcing millions to lose out on a crucial hour of weekend sleep. If you think …

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Petition to Make R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ the National Anthem Is the Most Important Petition

In the past, I’ve been critical of some of the more frivolous petitions to hit the White House’s “We the People” online petition site. A petition to build a functioning Death Star becoming so popular that it receives an official response? Not that exciting. Then you have the totally batsh*t petitions like the ones from states that asked to secede …

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Petition to Make Unlocking Phones Legal Again Crosses Signature Threshold

A petition to make unlocking cellphones legal again has crossed the signature threshold on the White House’s We The People petition site, meaning that it will receive an official response. Back in January, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via decision from the Library of Congress. It’s still legal to unlock phones purchased before January 26th, but doing so on any …

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White House Sees First Online Petition Cross New 100,000-Signature Threshold

The White House will be forced to respond to its first online petition since upping the signature threshold to 100,000. Created on January 24th, the petition has crossed the 100,000 signature mark in just two weeks. So, what does it concern? Marijuana? Secession? Drones? Gay Rights? Nope, a Russian-born political activist. The petition, “We ask American Congress to make The …

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Death Star Kickstarter Project Sees 500+ Pledges in Less Than Two Days

If the government refuses to help us defend against impending threats, the people have no choice but to take up the project themselves. And since the White House has officially thrown water on the people’s demands to build our very own Death Star, it means that we have to turn to crowdfunding. Over 500 people have pledged over £70,000 to …

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