25 January 2012 — Access Now
If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty that threatens free speech and your privacy online. Imagine if your ISP could censor their networks, police what you did online, and with greater ease turn your information over to authorities. That’s the danger that ACTA poses, and it’s got to be stopped.
Access in October raised the red flag on ACTA, but the downfall of SOPA and PIPA has helped turn ACTA from a forgotten international treaty to the center of the fight for a free and open internet. Though several countries have already signed this treaty, the European Parliament still has to vote on its approval. If they vote NO, it will will totally dismantle ACTA and send it back to the drawing board. Sign the petition below, calling on the European Parliament to vote NO on this dangerous treaty.
Fresh off the defeat of SOPA and PIPA, a growing movement online has taken place to not just organize on the internet, but FOR the internet. We’ve seen what happens when people online rally to take down rights-restricting laws. Now we must turn our attention to defeating ACTA. While we respect the rights of creators, ACTA‘s ill-conceived provisions will have chilling effects on free speech everywhere.
We need hundreds of thousands of signatures in order for our petition to be heard in the European Parliament. Sign below, let your voice be heard, and send ACTA to the dustbin of history.
Thanks for all your support,
The Access Team