All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘We the people’

The White House Just Responded to the Pardon Edward Snowden Petition – Two Years Later

It only took two years, but the White House has finally gotten around to providing a response to a petition asking for the pardon of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Official answer: nope. “As the President said in announcing recent intelligence reforms, ‘We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, …

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White House Petition Site We The People Has Seen Over 363,000 Petitions in Three Years

We the People, the White House’s oft-beleaguered but still culturally relevant and surprisingly popular online petition site, just turned three. So, how’s it doing? Pretty good, in terms of participation. The White House has just released the numbers and in three years, We the People has seen 363,908 total petitions, garnering 21,882,419 total signatures, from over 15 million total users. …

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‘Mike Brown Law’ Petition to Make All Cops Wear Cameras Tops White House Threshold

A petition to require all state, county, and local police officers to wear body cameras has blown past the signature threshold on The White House’s We The People online petition site in just a week. This prompts The White House, at least in theory, to craft a response. Petition creator J.C. from Hephzibah, Georgia (petitioners on the We The People …

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Tim Howard National Airport Has a Nice Ring to It, So Do Your Patriotic Duty and Sign This Petition

It’s the morning after a USA World Cup loss so you’re understandably a bit depressed. It was such a good run and we came so close to somehow pulling out the victory over Belgium. But look at it this way – how exciting is 2018 going to be, right? Not only that, but we have plenty of USMNT soccer to …

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White House Makes It Easier to Sign Petitions

The White House’s online petition site We The People, despite its many flaws and shortcomings, is pretty damn popular. According to the White House, it has over 14 million users and has logged over 21 million signatures in the couple of years it’s been up and running. Last year, they had to up the signature threshold to 100,000 for a …

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Deport Justin Bieber Petition Gets a Non-Response Response

It took the White House nearly three months to respond to one of the most popular petitions to ever hit the We The People online petition site–and they didn’t really respond at all, unless you count “no response” as a response. I mean, it’s kind of a response. For any Justin Bieber haters out there that thought the Obama administration …

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Comedian Petitions Obama to Formally Label Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni a ‘Ding-Dong-Boob-Poopy’

Comedian Eugene Mirman has pretty solid proposal for how President Obama should handle Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. He should publicly call him a “ding-dong-boob-poopy.” Oh yeah, and then he should spend a little bit of time trying to convince the controversial leader to off himself. It’s all right there in an official petition on the White House’s We The People …

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The Deport Justin Bieber White House Petition Tops 100,000 Signatures

Over one hundred thousand people want Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to go back to Canada. Well, not exactly “go back” on his own volition – it’s more like they hope he is forcibly removed by the U.S. government. A “Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card” petition popped up on the White House’s We The People online petition …

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6-Year-Old Tries to Save NASA with White House Petition

With NASA budget cuts looming, one 6-year-old kid is taking as direct a route as he can to ask President Obama to save the nation’s space program. Connor Johnson of Denver, Colorado loves space and hopes to be an astronaut one day. “The whole reason I want to be an astronaut so I can discover, like, new worlds and discover, …

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Default Porn-Blocking Is Your Hilarious White House Petition of the Day

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at We The People, the U.S. Government’s online petition site that’s, well, whatever is worse than an exercise in futility. Think of something that could be described as that, and then think of something worse. Then add a shiny layer of platitudes. Ok, now you’re close. The site wasn’t up during the government …

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The White House Is Ignoring a Bunch of Petitions, and This Site Tracks Them

There’s a new single-serving site that lets you know which We The People online petitions the White House is ignoring. Since the We The People site launched back in 2011, it has seen 232 petitions meet their signature threshold (5,000 at first, increased to 25,000 and then 100,000 as the site gained popularity). In that time, the White House has …

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Petition Asks Obama to Recreate Frozone Scene from The Incredibles

The White House’s We The People online petition site is a truly wonderful place. Not because it gives citizens the ability to voice legitimate concerns and possibly help to enact real change. No, we know that’s not what’s happening. It’s great because anyone (who signs up) can create their own petition. Couple this with the relatively low signature threshold for …

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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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White House Invites Developers To We The People 2.0 Hackathon

To its credit, the Obama administration has been far more tech savvy than any before it. One of its defining moments in this area was the building of the We The People Web site and making the software behind it open source. Now the White House is ready to move on to the next step, but wants input from developers …

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Galactic Empire Responds to White House Petition Response Re: Death Star

Earlier this week, the White House dashed the dreams of over 34,000 American citizens as they officially refused a petition to start production on the country’s very own functioning Death Star. Bummer, right? In their statement, the White House cited a few reasons why they won’t be building the Death Star. First, it’s just too damn expensive – $850,000,000,000,000,000, by …

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White House Now Requires 100K Signatures for Petition Response, Will Hopefully Weed Out Wacky Secessionists

About a month ago, I said that the White House’s “We The People” online petition site was “ensuring its legacy as a total joke.” I know, that’s pretty harsh. But at the time, it really looked like the experiment in active citizenship was going to burn out. When I made that statement, the site had a whopping 48 petitions that …

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White House Responds to Death Star Petition, Doesn’t Support Blowing Up Planets

Sorry John D of Longmont, Colorado and the 34,000+ other who signed the Death Star petition: the White House has responded and the answer is no. The federal government will not be initiating a program to construct a functioning Death Star, despite the pleas of tens of thousands of Americans. They’ve just published an official response to the November petition …

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Piers Morgan is Safe as White House Asks Gun Activist Petitioners to Remember the 1st Amendment

The White House’s “We The People” online petition site has seen some ridiculous petitions gain steam over the past couple of months. First, there was the rash of secession petitions that popped up following President Obama’s reelection. Then, we saw a petition to build a functioning Death Star succeed the signature threshold. Someone even asked the White House to consider …

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The White House Currently Has 48 Successful Petitions Waiting on Responses, Further Ensuring the Site’s Legacy as a Total Joke

The We the People White House petition site opened up in the fall of 2011, as a place for Americans to rally other Americans behind causes that the U.S. Government could then respond to. It’s been in the news lately for some interesting petitions, including secession petitions from all 50 states, and one successful plea to build a functioning Death …

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