Do we have the right to free speech? The right to privacy? The right to security? The right to choice?
The same rights that have protected our democracy for generations are now in jeopardy in the most unlikely of places: online. The Internet may appear to be an open forum, but behind closed doors, a war is being waged between corporations and governments for control of the virtual universe, affecting the way we access the Internet, the content we can post, the sites we can see, and the security of the data we send.
The harsh truth is that few of us possess any real knowledge about how the Internet works. Though the United States invented this marvel, our complacency has put this country behind. As technology advances, our infrastructure has declined. As the world becomes more connected, our rights have become more restricted.
It’s time to take a stand. In this fight for our online rights, who will win the War for the Web?
Fight for your #Netrights
The documentary tackles the following issues:
- Why we have a lack of choice when it comes to picking an Internet service provider
- Why data caps will make it more expensive for you to access Netflix (and other sites)
- Why the U.S. now ranks 19th in the world in terms of Internet speed
- Why government and corporations infringe upon our free speech and privacy rights online
- Why our emails, bank statements, and medical records are no longer safe
- Aaron Swartz, founder, Demand Progress
- Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
- Susan Crawford, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute
- Richard Clarke, former National Security Council member and author of Cyber War
- Sascha Meinrath, director, Open Technology Institute
- Rebecca MacKinnon, senior fellow, New America Foundation
- Andrew Blum, author of Tubes
- Harold Feld, senior vice president, Public Knowledge
- Rep. Ed Markey, Massachusetts
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
- Rep. Anna Eshoo, California
- Mike Copps, Former Commissioner, FCC
- John Patrick, Former Vice President of Internet Technology, IBM
- John Pavlik, Chair of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University
- Avner Ronen, Founder, Boxee
We've gotten halfway through production, and now we need your help to get us to the finish. Here is what we can do if we reach the following funding milestones:
$75,000 - We can finish shooting the documentary. We will shoot at least 7 additional interviews in NYC and DC, including Alexis Ohanian, Don Tapscott, David Cay Johnston, members of Congress, and more.
$200,000 - We can edit and finish the movie. We will hire an editor, build the special effects, and license some really awesome music to have a cut of the film ready for early 2014.
$250,000 - We can travel to the west coast to shoot interviews with Silicon Valley's movers and shakers, and we'll film inside the Computer History Museum.
$300,000 - We can bring War for the Web to the masses. These funds will cover our entire festival distribution release and allow us to bring WFTW to theaters.
In addition to screenings, events, and plenty of goodies, we have a few extra special goodies from our film interviewees. Many thanks to Rebecca MacKinnon, Susan Crawford, Andrew Blum, and Telegeography for their contributions, both to our film and to our campaign!
Grab one of these for yourselves:
TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION
Your donation is tax deductible!!! War for the Web is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions on behalf of War for the Web are payable to IDA and are tax deductible less the value of any goods or services received, as allowed by law. The value of goods and services being offered is noted under each donation level. If you would like to deduct the entire donation you have the option to simply decline the reward at check out.