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Jeremy Hammond is a passionate advocate of a fair and open internet, and digital privacy. Here you can find information about campaigns which are currently working towards these goals.

#StopTheSlowLane

#StopTheSlowLane is a campaign to protect ‘net neutrality’, whereby internet service providers (ISPs) have to treat all traffic sources equally and their users are free to decide what lawful content they want to access, create, or share with others.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to overturn ‘net neutrality’ rules following court defeats by cable and telecom companies who wish to offer ‘fast lanes’ for paying customers who use a lot of bandwidth. The proposed changes will effectively also create ‘slow’ lanes on the internet for every site that does not pay. This means that website owners may be forced to pay an arbitrary fee to ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner if they want their visitors to be able to access their website at regular speeds – or at all.

#StopTheSlowLane is an initiative to raise awareness and take action on this issue. You can contact Congress to voice your opposition to these changes. Website owners can help to raise awareness on their own websites with a StopTheSlowLane widget.

Please click here to visit the campaign website and for information on how you can take action.

Reset the Net

Reset the Net is an online anti-surveillance campaign, which aims to encourage greater website security to protects individuals’ privacy. The campaign also promotes education about the online privacy tools that individuals can use.

Intelligence agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ exploit weak links in internet security to spy on digital activity across the world, turning the internet into a transnational panopticon. Whilst targeted attacks cannot be stopped, mass surveillance can be obstructed or even stopped by building proven security into the internet and by individual users taking action to protect their online privacy.

Please click here to visit the campaign website and for information on how you can take action.

 

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Reform Computer Crime Law

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), enacted in 1986, is the primary US law dealing with computer crime, even though it was written for the pre-internet age.

The CFAA is a blunt legal instrument whose flexibility gives great power to prosecutors. It criminalises accessing a computer without “authorisation,” and criminalises violations of terms of service agreements, which effectively allows corporations to determine what should be a criminal offence and what damages should be applied.

The penalties mandated for CFAA violations are grossly disproportionate. The one count Jeremy Hammond pleaded guilty to under the CFAA led to him being imprisoned for 10 years.

The EFF is campaigning to Reform Computer Crime Law. To add your voice to the campaign and find out more, click here.

The EFF wrote,

Brilliant, talented, visionary people should be spending their time building our future, not worrying about wasting away in prison.