Monday, July 2, 2012

Access Now Asks - EU Parliament. How Will You Vote on ACTA?

Two important updates from Access Now. 

FIRST, the final vote on ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is happening in just two days, and we're planning to blanket the entrance of the European Parliament to ensure MEPs vote "No!" But we need your help.

We're going up against a powerful, resource-rich pro-ACTA camp, who are in a last-ditch effort persuading MEPs to vote "Yes." ACTA has global implications, so no matter where you live, this dangerous agreement will affect your internet. That's why we need the world's citizens to convince the European Parliament that ACTA has to go.

We've got a plan to drown out the pro-ACTA lobby on vote day. Help us with resources for banners, press agents, travel for campaign staff, and more. Can you contribute -- even a small amount goes a long way -- to help make our protest plans a reality? Click here.

SECOND, our pressure is working on the ITU (International Telecommunication Union)! Thousands of you from over 100 countries called on the ITU to publicize and reject any proposals that would limit the openness of the internet, and we just delivered an open letter to the ITU leadership calling for greater transparency in the process.

Unexpectedly, the ITU Secretary-General is now recommending the ITU release its plans!  And we have just 10 days to ensure the ITU council accepts his recommendation. If it does, this will be a huge step forward in prying open a closed institution and protecting the net, but still it's a long way to December when they will vote on these proposals.

Keep the pressure up by signing the petition if you haven't already, and learn more by reading our open letter here.

ACTA being voted down seemed nearly impossible only a few months ago, and opening up the ITU seemed unthinkable just last week. But we've shown how strong we are when we join forces as a movement and with others. That's why we're supporting the development of the Declaration for Internet Freedom. Check it out here, and add your voice to the discussion and your name to the five basic principles if you support them.

Mike Rispoli
The Access Campaign Team


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