Women are in a Battle for The Equal Net Access

Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

Battle For The NetCable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit.

To fight back, let’s cover the web with symbolic “loading” icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers. 
Are you in?

How to participate

On September 10th, sites across the web will display an alert with a symbolic “loading” symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”) and promote a call to action for users to push comments to the FCC, Congress, and the White House. Note: none of these tools actually slow your site down; they tell your visitors about the issue and ask them to contact lawmakers.

• Do you have a website or blog? Get the code, and run it all day on September 10th.
• Know anyone with a popular iPhone or Android app? Ask them to send a push notification.
• Is social media your biggest audience? Change your avatar to a spinning wheel of death. Share these images on Facebook. Or tweet these on Twitter.

Be creative! Grab peoples’ attention with a loading symbol, and link to tools for emailing and calling lawmakers (e.g. battleforthenet.com). Whatever you decide, tell us you’re participating, announce it publicly, and commit to getting *one* person or company with a *bigger* reach than you to join in as well. Got a question? Contact us.
Sites: Get the code

There’s a bunch of different ways for sites to participate.

The best way? Run this modal. The runner up? This alert. You can also change your site’s logo (or one of its letters) to a spinning wheel of death or embed this action tool in a high traffic page. We’ve also got widgets for WordPress.com, and WordPress (self hosted).

NOTE: none of these tools will slow down your site; they just show a symbolic loading symbol. By default they link to battleforthenet.com, but you can change the URL if you like.

To show the modal on September 10th, paste this code into the <HEAD> of your site. More info.
<script src=”//widget.battleforthenet.com/widget.min.js” async></script>

 

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Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.