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Internet Users Take Protest Against Verizon Pact to Google HQ

Friday the 13th Rally Tells Google: ‘Don’t Be Evil’


With public backlash growing against the pact between Google and
Verizon that threatens the free and open Internet experience, Internet
users from across the Bay Area will converge outside Google headquarters
on Friday, Aug. 13, to protest the pact and urge the search-engine
giant to live up to its corporate motto: "Don't Be Evil."

In the week since news of Google's deal with Verizon broke, more than
300,000 people have signed letters calling on Google to abandon the
proposal, which threatens to destroy Network Neutrality - the
fundamental principle that keeps the Internet open and free from
discrimination. The Google-Verizon pact has been denounced by Silicon
Valley companies, including Facebook, venture capitalists, legal
scholars and leading members of Congress.

Here are the details for Friday's rally:

WHAT: 'Don't Be Evil' Rally at Google Headquarters

WHERE: Amphitheatre Parkway and Charleston Road, Mountain View, Calif.

WHEN: 12 Noon PT, Friday, Aug. 13

This protest is being organized by Civic Action,, Credo Action, the Progressive Change Campaign
Committee and Free Press. Representatives of the groups are available
for interviews.

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