Sunday, September 9, 2012

Protecting An Open Internet

Dear Friends,

It's been an amazing summer for Internet freedom -- largely because of the hard work of Demand Progress and our members.

Now we need to raise $10,000 this week so we can move into the fall at full throttle:

Please click here to donate $5, $10, $20 or more to help us raise $10,000 so we can continue our advocacy.

First we killed privacy-obliterating cyber security legislation.

Then, over the last few weeks we convinced both major political parties to adopt Internet freedom language in their party platforms for the very first time.

But there's so much more work to be done to ensure that the Internet remains free and open, protect our civil liberties, and end the corrupting influence of money on our political system:

Please click here to donate $5, $10, $20 or more so we can keep advocating for you and the Internet.

According the their new platform, Republicans will "remove regulatory barriers that protect outdated technologies and business plans from innovation and competition" and "ensure that personal data receives full constitutional protection from government overreach and that individuals retain the right to control the use of their data by third parties"

Meanwhile, the Demcrats say they are "strongly committed to protecting an open Internet that fosters investment, innovation, creativity, consumer choice, and free speech, unfettered by censorship or undue violations of privacy."

This is a tremendous win -- and it happened because of the work of Demand Progress and our members. Please help us keep fighting:

Please click here to donate $5, $10, $20 or more to help us raise $10,000 this week so we can continue to fight for civil liberties and Internet freedom.

As the Huffington Post reported about our efforts:

"Somebody actually abiding by that language would've opposed SOPA on anti-regulatory grounds and CISPA on privacy grounds," noted David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, an open Internet advocacy group.

"Now those who take the wrong positions on such issues will know that they risk incurring the wrath of their party's most active members."

These platform planks help to mainstream the issues we care about, but they don't mean that every politician will automatically start voting the right way on every last issue.

It's up to all of us to keep holding them accountable -- please help us continue to do that hard work:

Please click here to donate $5, $10, $20 or more to help us raise $10,000 this week so we can keep on fighting.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support and hard work.

-- David Moon for the Demand Progress team

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