• Sink the Snoopers Charter
    However well meaning this may be to start with, removes the rights and civil liberties that this nation was built on. There is little or no judicial overview and as such this law is going to be misused. You only have to look to 1950's America to see how things could get out of hand so easily. McCarthyism blighted ordinary, innocent citizens lives for decades. We cannot let this happen in the UK.
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  • Stop 'University Wipeout', Host 'The Children's Trust Wipeout' Instead
    If you're a student, you may have signed up for Ticket Pre-Registration to University Wipeout. Unfortunately this is part of a nationwide data collection scam, which is believed to have been created by events company Electric Ents: https://www.facebook.com/Electricents This video explains all the facts: https://www.facebook.com/GetCurrent/videos/991627874181555 What Is University Wipeout? A series of Facebook events that have sprung up across Facebook in recent weeks, with the intention of hosting Total Wipeout themed events at UK Universities. These events received a huge positive reaction from fans of the show hoping to attend. However, the names of most of the events have now changed to Freshers' 2015 Groups https://www.facebook.com/events/1585363998387393/ with all mention of Wipeout removed. So What's Going On? There is evidence to suggest that these events are part of a wider network of Facebook pages designed to collect personal details from thousands of students without ever delivering what they promise. This includes the 'Bring Radio 1 Big Weekend To Your City' page which Radio 1 reported to be a scam and 'No More Student Tuition Fees'. Sign-up links used on both of these Facebook pages can be traced to the same bitly account. Bitly Account - Source of Promotional Sign Up Links https://bitly.com/u/christianunicribs?page=1 Radio 1 Big Weekend 'Scam' http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Radio-1-Big-Weekend-Facebook-page-campaign-scam/story-26295977-detail/story.html If you have fallen victim to any of these scams you should report it to the Information Commissioner's Office, you can tweet them @ICOnews. Why Not Just Petition Electric Ents? The damage has already been done. We can report the organisation to Facebook with the hope that the pages will be removed. Find out how to do this here: https://www.facebook.com/help/355811251195044 They shouldn't get away with misleading thousands of students in the way they have. To be clear, anger is being directed at them and not at Cardiff University. So What Should We Do About It? Why not try to create a positive out of a negative? Let's try to harness everyone's enthusiasm about these events for a good cause. That's why this exists as a proposal to Cardiff University that this event should go ahead in support of The Children's Trust. Why this charity? Total Wipeout presenter Richard Hammond has a personal link to The Children's Trust and became its Vice-President after his brain injury on Top Gear. They are a fantastic cause changing the lives of children with brain injuries. You can sign even if you aren't a Cardiff student to show your support, but you can also try to start a Children's Trust Wipeout event at your own uni by working with your local student union and RAG group. Like this Facebook page to follow the campaign https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Childrens-Trust-Wipeout/696787027110281 Why Do I Need To Support This? If 'University Wipeout' are misleading students across the UK, we don't think they should be running this event. It ruins the trust people have in club promoters and companies across the country who work in an honest and transparent way. Sign the petition to help turn the tide and create positive change out of this sorry situation.
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  • Cold Calls
    Help prevent fraud, scams, time wasters and people who are ignorant and hang up when told politely that 'I'm not interested'..
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  • Clamp Down On Telephone Marketing
    We are all familiar with the constant calls which invade our privacy from Tele-Marketing Companies - more often than not from Offshore Calling Centres, such as those based in India who are outside of the reach of our laws. Despite these calls being frustrating, inconvenient & more often than not, downright fraudulent they are still used by leading U.K. based companies as a loophole to get around the Telephone Preference laws which are intended to prevent this. Although we may not be able to stop the Offshore Call Centres entirely, we can, at least, clamp down on those companies that use them. Give the law some power to clamp down on such companies & remove the ever increasing Western market for these Call Centres.
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  • Facebook name change purge
    Our names are part of our personal identity and are used by each of us to distinguish ourselves. Here is what we would like to say to Facebook. Dear Facebook, We would like to draw your attention to the way Facebook members have been treated regarding their names and accounts recently. Whilst we understand that Facebook has rules regarding acceptable names the recent purge is ignoring your own rules. People called “Bob” are being made to become Robert for example…. And the names we are known by in real life may not actually be those we have on legal documents. This certainly applies in my case, and in others too. We are not using the names on our facebook accounts for fraudulent, underhand or deceitful purposes so see no need for you to lock us out of our accounts and prevent us communicating with friends near and far. Please reconsider your recent actions as demanding “proper” names is causing chaos and consternation for many, many people, it is antisocial as well as heavy handed and may eventually contribute to the demise of Facebook in the future if an acceptable alternative becomes available to us We sincerely hope you will see fit to reverse your recent actions and allow us to revert to out proper account status on Facebook Thankyou in advance :-)
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  • Stop the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill
    Please sign the petition to stop this government rushing through legislation that has the power to impact on all our lives not just the Muslim community. This year is the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta, this bill seeks to undo the very principles signed 800 Years ago. In the guise of fear mongering and scaring the wider community about Islamist extremist and criminalising the whole of the Muslim community, this bill will erode the civil liberty of all people and all communities. For further details please see www.stopthebill.co.uk or sign this petition It is an erosion of civil liberty, fair trial, the freedom to travel and justice for all.
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  • Stop the Snooper's Charter
    The proposals, which will compel telecoms companies to retain data about customer calls and internet usage for one year, comes after Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to crack down on encrypted communications over the internet. But encryption is a normal part of internet security. This is dangerous nonsense. Besides, it doesn't make us any safer. In fact, the recent shocking murder of Lee Rigby was facilitated by the fact that our security agencies have too much useless information to wade through, much of which returns false positives during keyword searches because people talk about what happened in the films or programmes they've seen, or mention that something they bought cost a bomb. They are too busy sifting through all that trying to find any useful data to go about the business of catching criminals and stopping terrorists. Indeed, most of the high profile arrests made lately were for making abusive or foolish comments online. They're not catching terrorists or criminals, they're catching people who make fools of themselves online. We are no safer. "In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?" he asked rhetorically in justification. "In our country, do we want to force people to leave their doors and windows open to let the law enforcement and security agencies in as and when required? Do we want to grant them instant access to all our private business without question?" FIFY, Dave. Further reading - http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2391667/-snoopers-charter-sneaked-in-to-counter-terrorism-bill Please sign this petition. We stopped the Snooper's Charter for a reason. They should NOT be allowed to sneak unwanted legislation back in under the guise of amendments to existing laws. It's anti-democratic. UPDATE: A last-minute attempt to revive a "snoopers' charter" before the general election has been dropped... The BBC understands they will try again next week unless the Home Office publishes a government redraft of the bill, of which the Lords has been told... In response, the peers withdrew the proposed amendments, which threatened to enshrine the controversial measures in law, and called on the government to produce its draft... A source told the BBC that if the Home Office was to refuse that request, the "snoopers' charter" proposals would be revived once again and added to the draft counter-terrorism legislation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31001575 Can you BELIEVE these people? Lord King is a former Conservative defense secretary, Lord Blair is a former Metropolitan Police commissioner, Lord West is a former Labour defense minister and Lord Carlile is a former Liberal Democrat reviewer of counter-terror laws. Each of them was around during the Troubles when attacks were taking place in mainland Britain and they weren't calling for mass surveillance then. Like The Terminator, they'll be back. We need to show them that we know this and that every time they try to put this in, we will be right there to yank it back out. Please keep signing this and please use https://www.writetothem.com/lords to write to each of the lords involved in this atrocious attempt to undermine our right to privacy.
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  • Stop the Snooper's Charter
    The proposals, which will compel telecoms companies to retain data about customer calls and internet usage for one year, comes after Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to crack down on encrypted communications over the internet. But encryption is a normal part of internet security. This is dangerous nonsense. Besides, it doesn't make us any safer. In fact, the recent shocking murder of Lee Rigby was facilitated by the fact that our security agencies have too much useless information to wade through, much of which returns false positives during keyword searches because people talk about what happened in the films or programmes they've seen, or mention that something they bought cost a bomb. They are too busy sifting through all that trying to find any useful data to go about the business of catching criminals and stopping terrorists. Indeed, most of the high profile arrests made lately were for making abusive or foolish comments online. They're not catching terrorists or criminals, they're catching people who make fools of themselves online. We are no safer. "In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?" he asked rhetorically in justification. "In our country, do we want to force people to leave their doors and windows open to let the law enforcement and security agencies in as and when required? Do we want to grant them instant access to all our private business without question?" FIFY, Dave. Further reading - http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2391667/-snoopers-charter-sneaked-in-to-counter-terrorism-bill Please sign this petition. We stopped the Snooper's Charter for a reason. They should NOT be allowed to sneak unwanted legislation back in under the guise of amendments to existing laws. It's anti-democratic. UPDATE: A last-minute attempt to revive a "snoopers' charter" before the general election has been dropped... The BBC understands they will try again next week unless the Home Office publishes a government redraft of the bill, of which the Lords has been told... In response, the peers withdrew the proposed amendments, which threatened to enshrine the controversial measures in law, and called on the government to produce its draft... A source told the BBC that if the Home Office was to refuse that request, the "snoopers' charter" proposals would be revived once again and added to the draft counter-terrorism legislation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31001575 Can you BELIEVE these people? Lord King is a former Conservative defense secretary, Lord Blair is a former Metropolitan Police commissioner, Lord West is a former Labour defense minister and Lord Carlile is a former Liberal Democrat reviewer of counter-terror laws. Each of them was around during the Troubles when attacks were taking place in mainland Britain and they weren't calling for mass surveillance then. Like The Terminator, they'll be back. We need to show them that we know this and that every time they try to put this in, we will be right there to yank it back out. Please keep signing this and please use https://www.writetothem.com/lords to write to each of the lords involved in this atrocious attempt to undermine our right to privacy.
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  • SAY NO TO INTERNET SPYING BY THE GOVERNMENT
    This the same as proposing to spy directly on our thoughts. Why is this? Thinking people will see that it is only the TECHNOLOGY that changes between spying on our internet intimacy and the spying on the intimacy of our thoughts. Scientists have ALREADY been able to 'read our thoughts' using an electronic implant. If these (irresponsible) power seekers proposed today to spy on our thoughts, there would be such a hue and cry that it would shake the very foundations of our society. We need to make sure that this erosion of our human rights, this constant leveraging of available technology by the ‘in power’ spies is outlawed once and for all. Perhaps this would be a good reason to have (within the UK) a written constitution? The argument that it is all done for the common good is not good enough – not unless you wish your thoughts to be opened up to scrutiny in future by the then ‘democratic or undemocratic’ power brokers. SAY NO NOW.
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  • End This Endless Telephone Marketing.
    The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a UK register of domestic telephone numbers whose users have indicated that they do not wish to receive sales and marketing telephone calls. Registration is free of charge. The TPS has no powers of enforcement, and a 2013 survey by Which? found that people registered on the TPS list received twice as many marketing calls as those not on the list. Many of these calls are sent from auto-dialing centres, which dial numerous numbers at once and if one line is answered anyone else answering the call a few seconds later get the dreaded "silent call" which can lead to great anxiety to vunerable people.
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  • Net Neutrality Protection
    The proposal to abandon Net Neutrality on the internet in favor of a multi-tiered content-biased system is deeply flawed. It would: 1. create a system that inhibits technical innovation by allowing ISPs to choose which technologies their customers can access. 2. create a system that protects entrenched companies while penalizing the start-ups that have been the life blood of the internet. 3. limit access of non-profit organizations that cannot afford "fast-lane" fees. 4. penalize media companies that do not directly own cable or satellite access to consumers. The Internet has flourished under the de facto common carrier ISPs held until recently. It is time for the FCC to declare that ISPs are Common Carriers and hold them to that status. Please exam with an open mind, see the value in net neutrality, to business and private users equal access enables creativity and new business growth. A two tear access to the internet is bad for competion, R&D and the next generation of new world beating businesses. Professionals from the scientific community offer this view and as an MP you must listen to experts who are not in the pocket of lobbyists for example:- http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=75141 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/10/favorite_sites_looking_slow_today_its_a_net_neutrality_protest/
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  • Stop GCHQ Spying on us
    GCHQ are taking away our freedoms and rights to privacy. Collecting masses of data that will undoubtably be leaked in the future. All of UK citizens privacy is now at risk!
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