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Avaaz - US: Save the Internet

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: censorship, ethics, freedoms )

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Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!


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Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:12 pm
This is in congress right now!!! If you haven't already, please sign the petitions to STOP this attack on our freedoms! Care2 is only one of thousands of sites that will be shut down! Others include all blogging sites, wordpress, any site allowing comments, facebook, and many many more! Sign the petitions!!!

Petition links:!/petition/stop-e-parasite-act/SWBYXX55

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:12 pm
For those of you who signed the petition from CreativeAmerica supporting censorship of the internet: SHAME ON YOU!!! I know they made it look like a petition for jobs, but they LIED!!! Members of this site should NEVER sign a petition supporting censorship! What were all of you thinking? Care2 would be SHUT down if this law passes! Those of you who signed Creative America's petition should be ashamed of yourselves! ALWAYS read before you sign! Learn about the organization posting a petition before you sign a petition!

Terry King (113)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:16 pm
Action taken!

Daniel S (25)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:22 pm
I was wondering if anyone else was scratching their head when they read that first petition. But
When I checked thankfully it had few signatures. It is really disturbing how many people get duped by a simple title like “Americans for Prosperity” a more apt title for them would be wealthy people for exploitation.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:23 pm
done and shared. thanks.

Daniel S (25)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:23 pm
thanks suzy for the heads up by the way!

Julia R (297)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:27 pm
Took action and shared! Thanks Suzy.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:35 pm
Signed & sent on: This above all, could well be the first really significant bomb dropped in their efforts to break the back of the Occupy movement. A controlled internet becomes a weapon against freedom instead of the tool of communication and education as intended.

Michael Carney (217)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:58 pm
Noted, and signed

Sheryl G (360)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:58 pm
Thank you for taking action to stop Internet censorship!
Thanks for joining the campaign to save the Internet
And thanks Dan for putting this important petition on. I'll be sure to forward.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:59 pm
Sorry did mean to say Suzy and Dan for the extra links. My bad.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Friday November 18, 2011, 6:21 pm
signed and noted--thanks Suzy and thanks to Dandelion too!

. (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 6:26 pm

Suzy F (94)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:34 pm
Dan, thanks for the helps!! And thanks to all of you who signed and forwarded this important action.

William K (308)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:22 pm

Kelly C (176)
Friday November 18, 2011, 9:57 pm
Very important for me to sign, thanks Suzy and Dandelion and everyone else.

. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:17 am

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 7:10 am
from one suzy from another,(siouxz),thank you and dandelion for sharing this.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 7:29 am
Thanks Suzy and Dandelion for the forward...already signed (2 sigs).

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 7:40 am

Marco C (31)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:10 am
We have to stay on it. The mischief makers are trying to distract our representatives in government. We need constant vigilance until the monied interests are put back in the box again. Petition, email, phone call again and again and again.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:12 am
You have to wonder if any of this has to do with the way people have united, worldwide, to fight the greed and corruption of the 1%.

The dictionary defines an "iron curtain" as: "A barrier that prevents free exchange of ideas and information."
According to Wikipedia, "An iron curtain, or eiserner Vorhang, was an obligatory precaution in all German theatres to prevent the possibility of fire spreading from the stage to the rest of the theatre." This law that congress is considering appears to be something similar --a way to "stop the fire of protest" from spreading through the exchange of information and ideas. The walls and curtains that kept people in the dark were torn down decades ago! We can't allow them to be resurrected!

Signed and noted. Thank you to Suzy and Dandelion for making this petition available to us!

Phyllis P (237)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:43 am
Signed and shared on facebook

Cynthia Davis (340)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:44 am
Signed TY Suzy & Dandelion

Shane C (3)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:48 am
Signed and noted.

Jim P (3257)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:58 am
Petition signed.

Ty, Suzy.

Terri Hughes (416)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:35 am
Congress SHOULD have better things to do than sticking there nose in our business. The government is taking away our freedom little be little. We have TROOPS dying everyday fighting so we can have freedom in the USA. But, for what, so the government can take away what there have fought for. The government NEEDS to be working fast to get jobs for the thousands of people that are out of work. Instead of trying to control the people and tell us what we can and can't do. I know we have to have laws, but, this is going TOO far. STAY OUT OF OUR BUSINESS AND HELP THE PEOPLE NOT CONTROL US!!!!!!!

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:43 am
681,193 have signed. Help us get to 750,000

Charles Wallis (111)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:52 am
Commercial interests as well as sophisticated marketing and data mining increasing shape the internet itself. The internet has been governed by a principle called “net neutrality.” Net neutrality prohibits internet service providers (e.x. Verizon and Comcast) as well as state and federal government from restricting internet access or regulating speeds. It also prohibits charging higher rates for, restricting access to, or controlling speed of access to (throttling) specific types of internet content, types of sites, types of platforms, types of access equipment, and communication modes (e.x., peer-to-peer software like Bitorrent). However, nothing intrinsic to the internet requires net neutrality. Indeed, powerful forces align themselves against net neutrality even today. For instance, Comcast deliberately slows transmission rates for peer-to-peer applications—a move ruled beyond the regulatory authority of the F.C.C. by a federal appeals court just last year. In a still more ominous case, the city of San Francisco blocked all cell phone and mobile internet use a three BART stations in response to protests over a shooting by BART police. Why oppose net neutrality? Two benefits to undermining net neutrality emerge from the examples above--money and control. Many internet service providers would like to charge for both bandwidth and access. Mobile providers have already started “tiered pricing” on bandwidth and companies like Verizon now offer tiers for landline service. In effect, these companies would like to charge consumers for access to various types of content, for using various applications, etc. just as they now charge for movie and sports packages. The difference, however, lies in the fact that these companies do not have any increased costs for such content or applications since they do not have to buy content from producers in the way that they have to buy sports packages. Indeed, in costs them money to restrict internet access. Why do it? By restricting access these companies create the perfect product to sell consumers—one that cost them nothing.
The second reason, control, also has a profit side. If internet service providers can direct you to various outlets, or restrict you from other outlets, they can charge the outlets for allowing access. This practice is all too common in American life. For instance, on the CSULB campus you cannot buy a Pepsi. Why? The campus effectively isolates people, making them a captive consumer base. The university sells access to their captive consumer base to various vendors, Coca Cola for instance. Control has even more cynical and ominous overtones. Restricting access to the internet and other communication media is one common feature of repressive governments. By controlling the flow of information into, within, and out of a population, one can control people’s perceptions of the government, the ability to report abuses by the government, and the ability to organize and protest in response to those abuses. Indeed, mobile and internet-based platforms like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have allowed citizens to report government abuses in places like Iran and Syria. These platforms have also facilitated the organization of protests in the Arab Spring of 2011. Indeed, the U.S. government’s work to create a shadow network for use when foreign governments shutdown communications networks represents a tacit acknowledgment of the importance of net neutrality.
People can find a worthwhile discussion of net neutrality on Wikipedia. (Net Neutrality, Net Neutrality in the USA)

Valjean O (23)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 10:54 am
Thx Suzy, signed:)

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:01 pm
Signed yesterday! Thanks!

Rita D (87)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:31 pm
Noted! Thank you Suzy ;)

Sharon L (132)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 2:10 pm
signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 5:32 pm
#693,551. Thanks for posting the petition.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 5:57 pm
Thanks Sheryl and Suzy. I had already signed quite a few petitions tor this.

Patricia E G (54)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 6:57 pm
Noted & Signed
Thank you

H Nick H (1826)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 10:10 pm
Noted and signed.

The same terrorist keep at it in every way, just to keep their own power and greed going. It has to stop NOW.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 1:45 am

Nikhil V (8)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 2:23 am
Great post, thanks for sharing

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 7:53 am
Signed, noted & posted to FB. Good comment, Nick. Love it.

Nancy C (806)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 7:31 pm
of course, previously...

MmAway M (511)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 10:31 pm
Done and Sheryl thank you for the forward on this, by the way did sign one on a forward on also!

Suzy thank you for getting this OUT!

MmAway M (511)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 10:33 pm
Dang, why can't I have my typewritter and black dial up phone...History! Internet winds me into a tizzy!

Ancil S (175)
Monday November 21, 2011, 2:09 am
Done! Here's to a free internet!

Lisa N (207)
Monday November 21, 2011, 1:15 pm
Thanks for joining the campaign to save the Internet. (If you accidentally signed the petition twice, you will only be counted once.)


Carole K (195)
Friday November 25, 2011, 8:39 am
Noted & signed. TY, Suzy!

michael sullivan (1022)
Friday November 25, 2011, 1:30 pm
noted and sign, sealed, and delivered -- there is too much censorship already -- we don't want/need anymore!
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