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After ACTA: Meet CISPA‏


Call on technology companies like Microsoft and Verizon to stand up for privacy and drop their support of CISPA!

Even though international support for ACTA has started to waver, governments have not stopped trying to mess with the internet. The latest offender is the US government, now pushing a bill called CISPA.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) allows for the unlimited sharing of user data among private companies and the government, without safeguards for civil liberties. This bill has global implications, so we need to convince technology companies supporting CISPA, like AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft, and Verizon, that protecting us against cyber threats should not come at the expense of user privacy.

Once seen as inevitable, your actions helped turn the tide on ACTA. Now let's do the same to CISPA. Join our urgent open letter to the nearly 30 companies supporting the bill, calling on them to stand up for user rights and drop their support. Sign the petition by clicking the link below, and we'll deliver these letters before the Act even goes to the vote:


Cyber security is vital to internet usage -- it allows us to safely shop online, send emails, and pay our bills. CISPA, though, is so vague that the governments and companies would be able monitor your online communications, censor information, and shut down internet access. There is a better way -- one that narrowly defines the roles of companies in fighting cyber threats, limits what information can be shared, and doesn't open the backdoor for governments to spy on us.

The main pillar propping up CISPA is support from the private sector. As their users, we can convince them to stand up for privacy and help bring down CISPA, just like we did convinced European officials to rethink their support of ACTA. Call on companies to protect user privacy and withdraw their support of CISPA by adding your name to the urgent letter:


With determination,
The Access Team

ACTA updates: The European Parliament is now set to vote on ACTA in the summer, while Europe's highest court is reviewing the legality of the dangerous trade agreement. If Parliament votes ACTA down, it will effectively dismantle the treaty! For more, go here and read the latest updates on the the Access blog.


Access: CISPA: The latest attempt to establish a massive surveillance state
ACLU: Comparison of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Legislation
Center for Democracy & Technology: CISPA Resource Page
Electronic Frontier Foundation: Rogers’ “Cybersecurity” Bill Is Broad Enough to Use Against WikiLeaks
TechDirt: CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here's Why
Bloomberg: Lawmaker Defends Cyber Bill as Groups Plan Internet Protest

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International AIDS Conference

Human Rights Campaign

The International AIDS Conference is about to return to the United States for the first time in 22 years –and you can be a part of it.

AIDS Quilt

Submit an AIDS Memorial Quilt panel to be shown at HRC in honor of those we've lost.


It's hard to believe, but just three years ago, people with HIV were banned from entering the United States. You couldn't visit a loved one, and becoming a citizen was out of the question.

Thanks to the hard work of HRC activists, we finally overturned the 22-year ban, and now we've arrived at another big moment: the return of the International AIDS Conference to the United States.

The conference unites the world's most prominent activists, researchers, and policy makers to chart a path forward on HIV/AIDS.

And as the conference gets underway, The AIDS Memorial Quilt will also return to Washington, DC – serving once again as a powerful reminder of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS and as a potent signal of the work left to be done.

You can help mark this historic occasion by submitting a quilt panel to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS. Click here for instructions on how to submit your own panel, which we'll put on display at our headquarters.

Just as we have in the past, HRC will host a portion of The AIDS Memorial Quilt – along with your panel – at our national headquarters in Washington, DC. If you've already submitted a panel in the past and would like it displayed at HRC this summer, let us know here.

HRC is also bringing experts together for a discussion titled Addressing Stigma in Transgender and other HIV-Vulnerable Communities prior to the conference kickoff.

The return of the International AIDS Conference to the U.S. marks the beginning of a new era of progress on HIV/AIDS. The travel ban might be gone, but fear, stigma, and misunderstanding remain.

All around the world and here at home, there are still far too many new cases and too many lives shattered by this disease. The conference and the poignant tribute of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will serve to connect important thought leaders and bring attention to this still-critical issue.

HRC is honored to be a part of it all, and I hope you'll help us mark this important event.

Learn more about submitting a panel to The AIDS Memorial Quilt now. We'll display your panel at HRC's headquarters in Washington, DC. When you send it in, you'll be joining with world-leading researchers, activists, and policy makers to help turn the tide against HIV/AIDS.

25 years ago, The AIDS Memorial Quilt helped inspire a movement that stemmed the tide of the epidemic. Now we need to revive that same spirit to meet these remaining challenges.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Still fighting, 
Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese

P.S. Volunteers for the International AIDS Conference get free access to sessions and a whole lot of other great opportunities. To apply to volunteer or to learn more about the Conference click here.

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Save Star Wars


 Homophobic dark forces are amassing against the leading video game maker that dared to include gay characters in its Star Wars game.

Sign Yoda's letter to EA urging them to stand strong!


Electronic Arts (EA), maker of the highly popular Star Wars: The Old Republic video game - is the target of a boycott orchestrated by hateful anti-gay groups. Why? Because they had the courage to give players around the world the option of including a gay romance storyline in their interactive Star Wars game.

Right now, thousands of anti-gay letters are flooding Electronic Arts headquarters, threatening to push the company and its staff to the dark side ("Homos are ruining gaming!" wrote one boycotter. "I urge all parents to keep any EA games from their children to prevent them to be AIDS-spreading, Satan-loving scum," wrote another). 

But we can do something about it - if we channel the force for good. Companies like Electronic Arts need to be rewarded when they do the right thing. And together we can help them stand their ground. Sign this urgent letter to Electronic Arts (EA) now, asking them to stay strong and resist the dark side. When 50,000 of us sign on, All Out members will make news by dressing as Star Wars characters and delivering your letters directly to Electronic Arts headquarters: 


Video games - like books, magazines, TV and film - are enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world, and the fictional characters in them often inspire us, and teach us about the world we live in. This is exactly why anti-gay hate groups are targeting them - because they know that the more LGBT people are represented as regular characters, the harder it will be to deny them equality in the real world. 

Games from Electronic Arts (EA) reach 100 million players in 75 countres around the world. When a major company like this makes the effort  to create gay role models for all players, gay and straight, we need to let them know that we've got their back - especially in the face of an organized hate campaign. 

Sign now, and we'll make sure company executives know the force is with them:


Thanks for going All Out.

Alberto, Andre, Erika, Flavia, Guillaume, Jasmin, Jeremy, Joseph, Oli, Tile and Wesley

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Sweet Sweet Internet access \o/

 I'm back:) Thanks to the builders near my house, the whole street hasn't had phone or internet access for over two weeks :( I'll be catching up on my emails and friends pages over the next couple of days so if you get any comments on some not so recent entries, this is why :)

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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

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Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

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lesbian couple face death


In just 2 days, Esther and Pascaline are facing the trial of their lives for the "crime" of lesbianism in Cameroon.

If we can raise just $5,000 before then, we can defend them in court and protect them against death threats:


" Esther and Pascaline are fighting for their lives: a few weeks ago a man in Ambam, their small town in Cameroon, went to the police and "denounced" them as lesbians. Overnight, their lives became a living hell: they lost their jobs, their families turned their backs on them and the entire town branded them as "witches that deserve death".

They are facing trial in 2 days and they need our help. Two courageous lawyers are willing to defend them in court and to make sure they find safe housing, away from the violence and daily death threats.

Just $5,000 is enough to cover travel costs and legal fees, with a little money left over to support Esther and Pascaline while they try to turn their lives around. Without our support, it could take months to gather the money, but Esther and Pascaline can't wait that long.

If we all chip in just few dollars each, we can give Esther and Pascaline a legal defense, and hope for their futures. The trial begins Thursday, in just 2 days. If you can, please contribute now, we don't have a moment to lose:


Do you remember Alice N'Kom? You recently stood with her to defend human rights in Cameroon. Alice is a friend of All Out and one of the only lawyers in Cameroon defending people arrested for the "crime" of homosexuality. Alice and her colleague have agreed to defend these women at their trial - one that could set a key precedent for the broader fight to decriminalize homosexuality in Cameroon.

Alice just told us, "I'm really worried for Esther and Pascaline. They can no longer go out in the streets without hearing insults - Witches! Witches! You should burn like witches! - and they have already been threatened to death, even by their own family." 

"Esther wrote me a text late at night, urging me to help her escape from their town." But Alice and her colleagues work on a tiny budget, and because Esther and Pascaline live in a remote part of Cameroon, they cannot cover these expenses without putting the rest of their important work at risk.

"I've seen what All Out members can do when they stand together. We cannot let Esther and Pascaline down." If all of us give just $5, we can raise $5,000 in just few hours and make sure Esther Pascaline have a legal defense and can quickly move to a safe location.


Thanks for your support,
Alberto, Andre, Erika, Flavia, Guillaume, Jasmin, Jeremy, Joseph, Tile, and Wesley


1. All Out Members Respond to Anti-Gay crackdown in Cameroon

2. Cameroon in 'first' lesbian charges

3. Lesbians arrested in Cameroon for homosexual acts

All Out is bringing people together in every corner of the planet and of every identity - lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender and all that’s between and beyond - to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.

Our mailing address is:
Purpose Foundation
224 Centre St
New York, NY 10013

Copyright © 2012 AllOut.org, All rights reserved.

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 and every song you have ever hated :) From here:

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20 Million silenced?


Western companies are at it again. We have until Friday to stop them from constructing another censorship firewall.

"In a shocking display of bravado, the Pakistani government has put an ad in their national papers asking for companies to help them build a national Chinese-style censorship firewall. This would censor 20 million internet users in one go!

Since the ad was published, we've worked with our friends in Pakistan calling on the Prime Minister to put an end to this madness. As part of a growing international coalition, we're going a step further by urging international and local corporations to publicly denounce the project and vow not to submit proposals to build this massive censorship system.

At least four western IT companies have already said they won't participate (Websense, Cisco, Verizon, and Sandvine). Now we need you to help persuade other firms to urgently follow suit before the bidding deadline this Friday. Add your name here calling upon Bluecoat, Huawei, McAfee, Netsweeper, ZTE, and all other local bidders to refuse to play a role in putting up the walls of censorship.


We have already won a battle like this before, when you helped convince four Western companies to withdraw from building a new surveillance system in Syria. The people of Pakistan have a hard fight ahead of them and they are asking for our help, including stopping local groups from bidding.

As we acknowledge World Day Against Cyber-Censorship on March 12, and recognize that one-third of all internet users do not have access to an unrestricted internet, we need assurances from all of these companies that they won't participate in censorship. We need their word, so let's ask them for it. Sign the petition below and we'll target each corporation before the deadline:

With determination,
The Access Team


Bytes for All: Locking up the Cyberspace in Pakistan

Bolo Bhi: Filtering Content on the Internet

Business Human Resource Centre

The Express Tribune: The futility of censorship

The Washington Post: Pakistan advertises for massive Web censor system, worrying free speech activists

NY Times: Pakistan Builds Web Wall Out in the Open