The age-old process of collecting signatures on paper petitions is being replaced by the cyber-petition, a device that allows notices addressing social injustices to be read and signed by netizens all over the world in a matter of days. Unfortunately, these petitions often contain misinformation or remain in circulation long after they are outdated, and the mere collection of e-signatures is of dubious value.




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Internet petitions contain embedded “tracker programs” that plant cookies on signers’ computers and send their e-mail addresses to spammers.


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The Brazilian Congress is about to vote on a bill that would reduce the size of the Amazon rain forest by 50%.


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Calling the White House will help influence President Clinton to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from commercial development by designating it a national monument.


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A constitutional amendment that would
“ban homosexual marriages and civil unions” is “being pushed through Congress.”


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Someone is in a race to collect the e-signatures of 300 people who believe in God before someone else collects 300 e-signatures from those who don’t.


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A film about serial killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka is in the works.*


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A rider appended to a Congressional bill will require that consumers obtain prescriptions before purchasing herbal remedies.


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The Boy Scouts of America has lost some funding over its refusal to accept homosexuals within its ranks.


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A bill known as the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which seeks to require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy, is currently before Congress.*


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McDonald’s is donating a portion of their sales to injured Palestinians.


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The White House is soliciting phone calls to record public opinion about a proposed war with Iraq.


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A 17-year-old Nigerian girl was caned for having engaged in premarital sex.


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You must sign a petition to stop free closed captioning of TV programs from being eliminated.


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A California artist is collecting brassieres to use in constructing a giant Bra Ball.


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AOL, MSN, or Yahoo! is about to start charging for its instant messenging service unless an Internet petition opposing the fee increase attracts a specified number of signatures by a named date.


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A segment of Nickolodeon’s Nick News will portray homosexuals in a positive light.


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Yahoo! will begin charging for its previously-free POP e-mail service in April 2002.


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ABC bleeped the word ‘Jesus‘ from a segment of The View.


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Amina Lawal, an unwed mother in Nigeria, will be stoned to death for adultery.


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Ontario’s Consumer Minister is looking to get a popular beer commercial banned because it upsets Americans.


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Senator Joseph Lieberman authored an ‘Open Letter to the French People,’ expressing his contempt for French tolerance of anti-Semitism.


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An appeals court ruled that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional.


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The belief that having sex with virgins will cure AIDS has led to a marked increase in the rapes of infants and children in South Africa.


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The rape of her 12-year-old cousin has prompted one South African woman to start a petition calling for her country’s government to punish rapists more severely.


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The collection of a million signatures on a petition will spur the Nobel Foundation into revoking the portion of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.


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Bags of rice sent to President Eisenhower helped dissuade him from launching an attack against China.


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Bile is extracted from bears at Chinese bear farms.


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Signing an e-petition will convince the Air Force to retire its colony of space chimps instead of turning them over to a research facility.*


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You should sign a petition to stop the NEA, NPR, PBS, and Sesame Street from becoming victims of a cutback in government funding for the arts.*


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Dame Edna advised a reader against learning Spanish in her satirical Vanity Fair column.


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Signing an e-petition to President Bush will help get organized prayer reinstated in public schools.


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Signing a petition will help stop drunk driving.


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The Chinese are raising St. Bernard dogs for food.


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Signing an e-petition will keep a pregnant girl from getting an abortion.


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Safiya Hussaini, a Nigerian woman, has been sentenced to death by stoning for committing adultery.


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Students at Taylorsville Elementary School in North Carolina are collecting e-mail messages for a school project.


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Twenty-five Congresswomen staged a walkout during a vote on a resolution to authorize the use of military force against Iraq.


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Though women in Afghanistan are subject to almost unthinkable violations of basic human rights, signing this petition isn’t likely to help.


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Fifteen states have filed petitions to secede from the United States.


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A Marine named Shawn Vernon seeks help in locating a box of lost shirts.


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Google Earth is conducting a vote over whether to identify Israel or Palestine on its maps.