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GUEST: Laila Abdelaziz, 2017 Kairos Fellow and Campaigner with Fight For The Future
BACKGROUND: A poll by Politico and Morning Consult recently found 60% support among the public for the Federal Communications Commission’s existing rules on Net Neutrality. The Obama-era rules were put in place after years of campaigning by grassroots activists who want to prevent the Internet from becoming a corporatized space. But Donald Trump’s new FCC Chair Ajit Pai wants to do away with the rules that currently restrain major Internet Service Providers such Comcast, Time-Warner and AT&T from upending Net Neutrality.
Across the political spectrum, advocacy groups, content creators, and even major online websites like Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, Vimeo, and Etsy are converging on a “Day of Action” next Wednesday the 12th of July to protest Ajit Pai’s plan to end Net Neutrality. On that day, thousands of websites will display messages urging their users to send letters and comments supporting Net Neutrality. The online action may break the previous record of Internet activism in 2012 against two bills called SOPA and PIPA.