When AVAAZ.org launched their anti-ACTA petition, their stated goal was 750,000. When WebProNews first discussed the petition, the total number of signatures had eclipsed the 600,000 mark. Now, thanks to a large push back from European Union citizens, AVAAZ has a new goal: 2 million signatures.
Considering the rate at which the signatures more than doubled from when we previously reported on the petition — in less than a week’s time — it’s clear people don’t want their Internet to be regulated.
Currently, the Stop ACTA petition is near the 1.5 million mark for signatures, and judging by the speed the “recent signers” list is scrolling at, reaching the 2 million signatures goal is a formality. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if the petition exceeded 3 million signatures, as more and more people learn about the potential damages ACTA can cause to an open Internet.
Word of mouth about AVAAZ’s petition appears to have helped the cause. As of this article, there were 452 thousand Facebook shares, 19 thousand email shares, 66 thousand Twitter shares and 13 thousand on Tumblr’s network. As for AVAAZ’s stance, the petition’s introductory paragraph makes it very clear:
As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which would destroy it. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and promote democracy. We urge you to show true global leadership and protect our rights.
If you’d like to sign but haven’t — yes, U.S. residents are welcome, too — make sure you check out AVAAZ’s page.
There’s plenty of information explaining their position.