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Say No to the Internet Slow Lane

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14 May 2014

Big Telecom is about to impose expensive new fees on smaller websites, creating an Internet Slow Lane for everyone except giant conglomerates.

Many of your favorite websites could slow to a crawl.

U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is about to cave to Big Telecom’s demands at a crucial meeting.2  We only have 48 hours to tell the FCC to back off their Internet Slow Lane plan. Send your message now.

The impact of this plan will be felt worldwide3 – crippling your favorite websites and making it more expensive for you to use the Internet. 

Defenders of the open Internet are already camping outside the FCC,4  but we need to do our part.

We have 48 hours to stuff the FCC’s comment system with our messages. Fill out the form on this page to send your message now.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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