Blackout – Save the Internet today

19 January 2012 — Avaaz

Today could be the day we save the free Internet – Sign the Petition Now!

The US Congress was poised to pass a law allowing officials to censor access to any website around the world. But after we delivered our 1.25 million strong petition to the White House, it came out against the bill and with public pressure at a boiling point even some bill backers are switching sides. Now, the Wikipedia – led blackout protest has rocketed the public campaign to the top of the news.

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Video: 'Protect IP Act' Breaks the Internet

16 November 2011 — Mark on WordPress

[This is not just an issue of concern for US citizens. Given the long arm of US ‘law’, if enacted, we could see people all over the planet, ‘rendered unto Caesar’ under this proposed legislation. WB.]

Act now to stop Internet censorship legislation in the United States

Right now, the United States Congress is holding hearings on legislation that will have disastrous effects on free speech and the Internet. This video gives a good overview: Continue reading

Video: ‘Protect IP Act’ Breaks the Internet

16 November 2011 — Mark on WordPress

[This is not just an issue of concern for US citizens. Given the long arm of US ‘law’, if enacted, we could see people all over the planet, ‘rendered unto Caesar’ under this proposed legislation. WB.]

Act now to stop Internet censorship legislation in the United States

Right now, the United States Congress is holding hearings on legislation that will have disastrous effects on free speech and the Internet. This video gives a good overview: Continue reading

And this from Mozilla Firefox on Internet censorship

16 November 2011

Fight for the Internet’s Future
int-censorship.jpgRight now, the US Congress is considering legislation that could profoundly affect the future of the internet we all know and love. It’s called the Stop Online Piracy Act, but the fact is that it won’t accomplish that goal. Instead, it will impose new, far-reaching consequences for us all. Here are just a few of the ways it could affect you:
• Every single online communications platform — from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon — could be under threat if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
• It would make the Web less stable and secure.
• General-purpose social media sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, chilling innovation and undermining free expression.
• Your internet provider could be required to inspect all of its users’ traffic and browsing.
Mozilla is joining with many other Internet companies and public-interest organizations to urge members of Congress to reject this legislation. We urge you to email your representatives in Congress today. And then please join our ongoing efforts to fight this legislation and ensure that the Web remains a thriving platform for innovation that’s open and accessible to all.