Why We're Never Done Fighting for an Open Internet
tl;dr Call or text California Governor Jerry Brown at 1-833-288-4404 to let him know you support open internet legislation.
We can’t sugar coat the disappointing and controversial decision by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to roll back the strong net neutrality protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Predictably, since the December 2017 FCC vote, internet service providers and wireless carrier companies have acted against the best interests of consumers with increased impunity: both through blocking and throttling consumers communications and introducing steep price increases.
It would be understandable if net neutrality advocates got frustrated, packed up, and moved on -- but that hasn’t happened because there’s simply too much at stake. We’re heartened that supporters are rallying efforts to protect net neutrality at multiple levels of government. There are important efforts taking place across a range of venues: in the courts, at federal ...
Privacy matters: Twilio’s New Transparency Report and Binding Corporate Rules
As a global cloud communications platform, Twilio knows first hand that developers are increasingly focused on incorporating strong privacy principles into their applications.
Across regions, countries and states, lawmakers are paying increasing attention not just to how companies process data, but also to how companies educate their users on how they process data. Twilio is heartened by this increased attention to the importance of privacy principles, but at the same time, the rapidly shifting landscape can bring confusion and inconsistency. Simultaneously, the global privacy ecosystem is subject to increased surveillance, overbroad requests from government entities, and efforts to undermine strong encryption principles.
Twilio believes in a “no shenanigans” approach to data privacy. In that spirit, we’d like to draw your attention to two documents: Twilio’s Transparency Report for the first half of 2018 and Twilio’s Binding Corporate Rules.
Announcing Twilio Transparency Report – First Half 2018
- Today, Twilio ...
Join Twilio in Urging the Senate to Restore Net Neutrality Protections
The fight is far from over. Congress needs to hear from innovators and small businesses about preserving the freedom to communicate.
An important vote to protect net neutrality is scheduled to take place in the U.S. Senate and we need you to contact your Senators.
On Wednesday, May 9th, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to use a procedural rule to attempt to protect net neutrality. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can pass a resolution of disapproval to reverse the December 2017 FCC vote to rescind net neutrality protections.
The U.S. Senate will consider whether Congress should proceed on a vote to “roll back” the FCC “roll back” of the Open Internet Order. This vote has bipartisan support, and it could dramatically influence the preservation of an open and accessible internet.
What you can do
This is about your internet. The voices of innovators ...
Tell Congress that Net Neutrality Matters to Innovators
Today is a Day of Action in support of an open internet and urging Congress to restore the net neutrality principles that were recently rolled back by the FCC. Twilio is proud to power the communications of non-profit organizations helping mobilize constituents on this important issue. Here are two quick actions you can take:
- Call your members of Congress at Battle for the Net.
- Sign the petition at Change.org
As we said after the December vote, the fight is far from over. But Congress needs to hear from innovators, developers and consumers about why net neutrality matters to you and what you believe should happen next.
That’s why Twilio’s CEO and cofounder Jeff Lawson recently laid out his own vision for a true Internet Bill of Rights in a recent medium post:
- A true bill of rights must protect and respect all forms of consumer communication that ...
Best Practices for Responding to Government Requests for Information
Twice a year, Twilio publishes a transparency report to inform our community of how many government requests for information we received, how we responded to the requests, and how we notified the affected users. You can find Twilio’s reports, including the one for the First Half of 2017, on our website and on Github.
When viewed across industries, transparency reports provide insight on important public policy considerations around civil rights, data privacy and public safety. A prime example of this is how companies, including Twilio, discuss the privacy and free speech concerns caused by National Security Letters.
In accordance with the USA Freedom Act of 2015, the US Department of Justice has recently notified some companies that the nondisclosure order on some National Security Letters they received had expired. As a result, some companies were able to confirm that they had in fact received National Security Letters over a ...
Tell the FCC that Net Neutrality is Important to You
The future of the internet is at stake. We hope you’ll take a moment to tell the FCC how important net neutrality is to you.
Net neutrality empowers consumers to use the websites and applications that they want without service providers throttling traffic or blocking content. It ensures that innovation and competition — not merger deals — pick the winners and losers of the market. It protects activists, freedom of speech, and voices of dissent.
Unfortunately, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced plans to roll back the Open Internet Order, the regulation that put into action our current net neutrality rules.
That’s why today Twilio is joining dozens of other companies and advocacy organizations to urge Chairman Pai to rethink his strategy and preserve net neutrality protections. The FCC needs to hear from the creators of the internet — the developers and DO-ers powering the innovation economy.
That means you.