Right2Water Citizens’ Initiative Gets Unsatisfactory Response: A Failure For Participation in the EU?
BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, March 26 2014
"Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public good, not a commodity!" This is not a sign that could be seen in a street protest, but the title of a petition that recently gathered 1.6 million online signatures among European citizens and was presented to the European Commission earlier this year. This was also the first official effort of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), a petition instrument created by the EU in order to give citizens a way to push requests and issues that they care about to the attention of the EU institutions. But, as the European Commission issued an official response that proved non-committal and unsatisfactory to the committee, the issue also seem to now extend to the effectiveness of the ECI itself. Read More
BY David Karpf | Tuesday, June 19 2012
Op-ed contributor David Karpf writes: "Online petition juggernaut Change.org has become the target of an online petition effort.
This weekend, a schoolteacher from Chicago launched a petition at SignOn.org* urging CEO Ben Rattray to “Stop Supporting Union-Busters.” So far it has over 3,700 signatures, but attention is rising. That’s because Rattray’s company is at an inflection point: rooted in progressive politics but structured as an open and for-profit platform, it’s now faced with a clarifying choice about its values and mission."Read More
BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 16 2011
SignOn's petition creation tool. MoveOn formally rolls out SignOn, a D.I.Y. petition hub we previewed back in April. As far as basic functionality goes, the site works much like fellow petition site Change.org. But ... Read More
BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011
Now in beta is MoveOn do-it-yourself online petition tool. Meet SignOn. It's being used in Maine to demand the creation of a recall process, for one thing, but according to the site's FAQ, the use of SignOn isn't limited ... Read More
BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 14 2009
All is not well with the 90,000 signatures that the Israel Project is touting on a pro-Iran sanction web petition, finds the Washington Independent Spencer Ackerman. Read More
BY Jim Gilliam | Wednesday, June 24 2009
Jesse Haff and I were inspired by Clay Johnson's post last week about Twitter being the future of email marketing to figure out how Twitter could breathe new life into the boring old petition, the stalwart of email-based ... Read More