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Defend the Internet. Congress Wants to Censor the Web.

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In January 2012, Congress is set to debate the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA), bills designed to let the US government block websites and information from the public.

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Danuta Watola (1248)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 1:15 am

Marie Squire (9)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 1:21 am
If the Congress is worrying, about the public, seeing websites, here is a quote, for them, "do not be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, make your requests, known unto God"

Henriette M (154)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 1:35 am
Sent e-mail & signed petition. Thanks Androniki.

NIKY N (49)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 1:55 am
@KS Gos. who are you?....why can't i see your profile?...

Calliope S (47)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 2:35 am
Our only true source of information if the Internet. God forbid that it is censored. The repercussions would be confining and devastating. We can never allow this.

Teresa W (782)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 2:54 am
noted and signed

Deborah L (3)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 3:01 am
This is Not China!!! This is part of our right to freedom of the Press, & Pursuit of Happiness!! Hands Off!!

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 3:11 am

This week is do or die:
If the bill passes through committee it'll probably go on to become law - but if we beat it back at this stage, it'll probably never recover.

The ONLY way we can make that happen is by overwhelming Congress with emails and phone calls.
Please enlist your friends to join the fight to save the Internet: Use these tools to share with your social networks.

Act !

Maria S (95)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 7:55 am
Noted & signed.

Michela M (3964)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 7:59 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 12:00 pm
Noted.I wished I could sign.Thanks Andronili for te post.Thanks Parsifal for the forward.

Lady F (117)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 1:15 pm

. (0)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 1:43 pm
glady signed.

If you are not in the US there is a section for you too.

Stop Internet Censorship

naomi cohen (55)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 4:51 pm
noted and signed. thank you henriette.

Kamila A (141)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 4:54 pm
thank you for forwarding Henriette! THank you Androniki

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 4:55 pm

Thanks for posting, Androniki . . . and Henriette for alerting me!


Past Member (0)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 4:55 pm
already seen this the other day and signed! Thanks Henriette for sharing this important petition!!

Eternal G (745)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 4:59 pm
Thanks! Noted.

may Howie (246)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 5:04 pm

Lynn S (235)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 5:11 pm
From the Huffington Post
The White House has officially responded to two online petitions, "Stop the E-PARASITE Act" and "Veto the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information," which urged the President to reject SOPA and PIPA.

The authors of the statement, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget, Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator for National Security Staff, said that the White House will not support legislation that disrupts the open standards of the Internet.

"While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet," the statement read in part."

TomCat: I understand that, as a result, both House and Senate sponsors have pulled their respective versions to be rewritten, good news for everyone who uses the Internet.


Sheryl G (363)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 5:29 pm
Thanks Androniki and Parsifal Rain for the forward. Video was short but informative too.

Ellen m (215)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 5:50 pm
Thanks for that update Lynn.
Sounds like all the petitions and signatures have given lawmakers pause...thanks for forwarding also.
Thanks for the post Androniki :-)

Elize Labuschagne (181)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 6:04 pm
Noted and signed.

Mary T (178)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 6:26 pm
Thanks I have already signed and sent emails.

Darlene W (303)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 7:14 pm
Thanks for the info. Bless you Androniki.

Franco Di Palma (374)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 8:40 pm

Laura Mattei (109)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 10:22 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you Androniki and thank you Lynn.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 11:29 pm
Aha, so the USA wants to compete with China and some Arab countries now in restrictions....You are surely headed there!

P A (117)
Monday January 16, 2012, 12:21 am
Thanks Lynn.

Paulina Maria (1)
Monday January 16, 2012, 1:55 am
as for me, censorship is ill on the Internet, everyone should be free, and since the censors may have something to hide?

tammy B (52)
Monday January 16, 2012, 2:31 am
Noted and Thank you for the article. Was it just my imagination? I thought the Internet was created for the free interchange of ideas...

Past Member (0)
Monday January 16, 2012, 2:37 am
Thanks Androniki and Thanks Henriette for sharing this important petition!! If this passes bill is passed through then it will be the first step towards dictatorship. censorship is the most insidious form of oppression of any so called democratic society.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 16, 2012, 2:50 am
noted and will FWD , no constituent so unable to sign (@ Rebecca F. - it does NOT WORK with your link either! [Stop Internet Censorship ] ) But have already signed different petitions on this matter earlier.
Thanks Anroniki and Henriette.

Jules B (91)
Monday January 16, 2012, 2:58 am
Noted & tweeted, thought it wouldn't accept UK post codes but it did, thanks x

Past Member (0)
Monday January 16, 2012, 3:07 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
Peace and Love

Edwin M (346)
Monday January 16, 2012, 3:31 am
This whole campaign is about "money" they can try to disguise it as a program to censor sites to "protect society" from pirated content but let's not be naive, any bill coming out of Washington anymore is intended to increase the people sponsoring the bill and their wealthy benefactors bank accounts.

Tania King (112)
Monday January 16, 2012, 3:58 am
Thank you dear Androniki...

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:11 am
Signed and forwarded on

Lisa N (206)
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:35 am
Noted, thank you Androniki & Henriette for the forward.

Joy Wong (103)
Monday January 16, 2012, 6:04 am
Noted, thanks Henriette for forwarding.

Katherine Head (34)
Monday January 16, 2012, 6:38 am
Done! Thanks Androniki!

Sandi C (99)
Monday January 16, 2012, 6:47 am
noted and signed!

Carmen S (611)
Monday January 16, 2012, 8:01 am
thanks Androniki

Robyn M (123)
Monday January 16, 2012, 8:55 am

NIKY N (49)
Monday January 16, 2012, 9:30 am

. (0)
Monday January 16, 2012, 9:42 am
thanks for the post Androniki and the fwd..Henriette...signed and noted

Constance F (418)
Monday January 16, 2012, 10:34 am
Done! and signed a gazillion others. thank you for posting, to Henriette and Parsifal for sending out.

Stelizan L (258)
Monday January 16, 2012, 11:12 am
Thanks for the post and the forward - and the other link for non-USA Rebecca, will check it out right now!

Alet Coetzee (59)
Monday January 16, 2012, 11:13 am

Nancy Roussy (79)
Monday January 16, 2012, 1:27 pm
Signed, thank you!

SANDRA R (144)
Monday January 16, 2012, 2:48 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Androniki.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Monday January 16, 2012, 3:43 pm
Already Signed. Who wants the Web rated like the Movies when Disney Movies aren't any better.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday January 16, 2012, 3:46 pm
During the era of Napster-1, music sales went up as people downloaded songs to help make decisions on album purchases. The RIAA murdered the golden goose on top of their existing criminal record in Payola, paying radio DJs to regionalise music and promote specific tunes in various areas vice playing for their audiences. The RIAA should be permanently abolished and destroyed, along with DMCA, PIPA, SOPA, and OPEN. We don't need censors on our Internet. EVER! Big Brother is a moron and the King is a Fink!

Patricia E G (54)
Monday January 16, 2012, 4:05 pm
Thank you

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:07 pm
Here's another petition AND an online feature tomorrow, Jan 17 for everyone interested to watch (details below)
Petition Congress:Protect the internet
From PCCC (Progressive Change Campaign Committee):
Tomorrow in Congress, we're organizing a special briefing on this bill featuring top tech innovators -- like Craig from Craigslist and reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Watch the briefing online Tuesday at 12:30pm Eastern -- click here to RSVP "yes" or "maybe."

You'll have a chance to ask the tech innovators -- and experts on the right and left -- questions about this bill and learn more about what you can do to defeat it.

Congressional staffers will hear your questions -- and a big crowd online will show them just how much the public is engaged on this issue.

Want to watch our special Internet freedom briefing tomorrow -- January 17 -- at 12:30pm Eastern? Click here to RSVP "yes" or "maybe."


Angelika R (143)
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:13 pm
oops, trying again to get that "click here..." link working, it might however lead to either my personal data or be without a target set, let's see - sorry if it flops, I copied from their email

Want to watch our special Internet freedom briefing tomorrow -- January 17 -- at 12:30pm Eastern? Click here to RSVP "yes" or "maybe."

Rosemary G (79)
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:31 pm
Lets fire Congress and sensor them for a change.. I want to vomit each time I see most of their faces.

R. G (12)
Monday January 16, 2012, 6:06 pm
The whole reason behind these bills are concerns over social networking being a catalyst for protest. In countries across the world in wich social uprising's have accured, some if not most are believed to have been started on social networks. The only reason President Obama says he is not going to sign these bills (should they make it to his desk) is that they are poorly written as they stand, that any law suit's against them would negate a big part of them. These bills will never make it, but they will be written again, so that they have better standing with the courts.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Monday January 16, 2012, 7:46 pm
Noted, thanks.

Monday January 16, 2012, 8:20 pm

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 3:25 am

SOPA - Wikipedia = black tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Defend the Internet. Congress Wants to Censor the Web.

Wikipedia is off combined with other known sites on Wednesday the 18th January in protest against SOPA. It's about the resistance against the proposed anti-piracy law in the U.S. Congress, which many fear is just an excuse for censorship. Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia announced on Twitter on Monday, the English version will show a black page for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight U.S. Eastern time.

The so-called SOPA-strike was originally proposed by Reddit, which perform 12 hours for a "blackout". Other large site operators such as Google, eBay, Mozilla, Twitter, Facebook, AOL and many others are also against the law. Whether they will make a protest is not known. According to Jimmy Wales, the Croatian and some other Europe Wikipedia will run a banner in other languages to decide for themselves what they want.

SOPA would be the End of the Internet as we know
The SOPA, short for "Stop Online Piracy Act", is an American bill, which was filed on October 26, 2011 in Congress. This law will, if adopted, allow American corporations to apply for injunctions against operators of Web sites, which constitute a violation of the U.S. Copyright. Supposedly it only offers the illegal films, etc. are blocked. But it could be far more: check all the possible content of the Internet under a pretext. Basically as a censorship of the Internet. What violates its own constitution and the Americans are so against any form of censorship and free speech.

If you consider what proportions it would have when one considers the entire Internet; All images and videos of products of an American company would have to be deleted, even if they themselves have been created, any attribution of an American product could because of the suspicion of possible abuse or copyright infringement will be removed. Take for example YouTube: All product reviews should be deleted, all song covers private persons, and all gaming videos if this is demanded from any American corporation. Seen in this bill also affects Europe, indeed the whole world, if Croatian, German, Indonesian, Turkish, or what do I know which pages are somehow associated with it.

Larger corporations such as e.g. Google / YouTube would have to close because they impossible on such huge platforms can control everything down to the smallest. If you like looking back, where would we be without Google - we have been pretty poor, sometimes. For not only Google would have to make theoretically dense, other search engines like Yahoo, because the sites are displayed in search engines could potentially contain certain "content" and so should no longer be displayed. And so the search engines directory more and more empty. The same with social networks like Google +, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Since they can not control these huuuuge platforms, they would have to close. I personally do not think much of other social networks than c2, but for many it would be a dramatic loss of their purpose in life.

Did I forget one? Yes, sure. Our lexicon that has helped us many times in emergency situations: Wikipedia. With SOPA and the downfall of this online wiki would be sealed, because calling every American company, who are themselves or their products on Wikipedia, the deletion of data. Hence the vehemently protest of Jimmy Wales.

On the official site of the SOPA is still so beautiful: "Save the Internet". What a joke. But that manipulation and perversion of terms like Orwellian "war is peace," has always been the hand tools of the powerful and works with most of the population.

Who is behind this Internet censorship? Of course the usual suspects, the big corporations. They say the law would serve to protect copyrights ("Intellectual Property") and related companies, and jobs. Also, it was necessary to equip authorities with resources that allow them to enforce the copyright with respect to foreign Internet sites.

Have distinguished themselves as supporters, in particular large media groups and their interest groups, such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). And the big media houses and those who want a police state, tend toward the complete control of the Internet. Should this law be passed, so the Internet is bleak in my eyes and not as we know it.

But as already mentioned, there is hope, because the major site operators have already distanced themselves far from this law. Yes, Google, thus YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia are now so far and want to "strike", ie their services for a set period of time, and instead show an appeal against the SOPA. They want to have a sort of "Rise of the Internet community" in which I participate also, because at least the Internet should remain as the last place where one can post his free opinion, no one that gets immediately stuck a plaster over his mouth .

That's why I also call on the SOPA opposition !

Please sign the online petition mentioned above

Shan D (49)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 4:51 am
I have already signed a petition on this (one open to Canadians). As far as I'm concerned, the U.S. politicians do NOT have the right to screw up the internet for the rest of the world. Don't they realize how many websites are multicultural and multilingual? Good grief, even the smiley-making forum is officially trilingual (English, French, German), and the staff makes a Herculean effort for people who want to (or need to) post in other languages besides! But then the site owner is Canadian, and is not AFRAID of the rest of the world being able to create and share with each other!

Shan D (49)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 4:56 am
Sorry, meant to say the smiley-making forum I belong to (not to be confused with Camilla, who makes the wonderful smileys we use in Care2 groups and messages). But then Camilla is a wonderful lady who has created multicultural/multilingual versions of many of her smileys and animations, too!

Teresa Cowley (274)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 8:39 am
They needs to keep their big noses out of our business--isn't it enough that their hands stay in our pockets?
Thanks for a very necessary petition!

Charles O (209)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 9:02 am
Could other countries , Iran for example, take up the slack by offering a version of the Internet that is free of U.S. censorship?

Wouldn't it be ironic if Americans were forced to go to Russian, Indian, Chinese, Venezuelan or Iranian sites to find the freedom that we once had here in the U.S.! Actually, to a certain extent, this is already happening.

. .

Now that the U.S. has abolished the Bill of Rights, maybe some country outside the Ziosphere would be willing to enact these ten amendments -- Russia, perhaps? If that is considered "Copyright Infringement", then, as Patrick Henry said, "Make the most of it!"

. .

"They hate us for our freedom"?

Now we know who Bush was referring to: The neo-cons and neo-libs in our own government.


M B (62)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 12:06 pm
Noted, but couldn't sign.

Natalie Batovsky (0)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 12:18 pm

Christine L (12)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 12:36 pm
signed and posted Thanks!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 3:32 pm
Signed and sent. Thanks, Androniki! I hope everyone's aware that many sites are "going dark" tomorrow (1/18).

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 4:03 pm
SOPA and PIPA are no more 'anti piracy' than gun control is 'anti crime'. SOPA, PIPA, OPEN, the DMCA, and all gun control should be abolished and shredded!

Colleen Reid (1)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 7:28 pm
sounds like China. we're better than that

W. C (7)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 10:58 pm
Thank you.

Patricia E G (54)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 2:40 am
Thank you

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 3:10 am

Debbie Bush (12)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 8:10 am

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 8:54 am

Douglas S (45)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 9:51 am
Very interesting article we all know that downloading free music, movies and books is stealing and the artists are being cheated from earning a living. For them there should be some sort of protection in place.
When it comes to freedom of information and speech then stay out of it. I truthfully do not think the government can control it. This is a real can of worms.

Karen Walker (71)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 1:08 pm
The Internet was created for the free exchange of ideas. it doesn't need to be censored by anyone under the disguise of protecting it from pirates. Noted and signed.

Alicia V (181)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 7:01 pm
Done Thanks

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 7:05 am
I've been going back thru comments to links to other petitions and signing them.

Carolina Amnell (74)
Friday January 20, 2012, 7:51 am
This sucks. It reminds me of Orwell`s 1984. Big Brother is coming.

Esther Lance (74)
Monday January 23, 2012, 5:24 am
My sentiments exactly, Doug S. Piracy has to be dealt with, but the rest is a free choice.
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