On November 16th, Congress is holding hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.
If this bill passes it certainly will be the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history. The House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA soon, but has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.
If this bill passes, the Internet and free speech will never be the same. And so will U.S. society and the Internet industry as a whole. In the U.S. where this industry in total is larger than energy, agriculture, communication, mining or utilities, this bill will put innovation and thousands of small to mid-size companies at risk.
Join in with Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Mozilla, Bloomberg, Zynga, AOL, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Electronics Association, NetCoalition, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, EDUCAUSE, Center for Democracy & Technology, Open Internet Coalition and hundred other companies to stop this bill.
- Watch the video
- American Censorship page
- American Censorship Infographic
- SOPA at OpenCongress
- PIPA at OpenCongress
- Mozilla’s SOPA page
- Internet giants ad in the NYT
- Stop SOPA, Save the Internet
From OpenCongress on H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/money)
Specific Organizations Supporting H.R.3261
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Motion Picture Association of America
- Independent Film & Television Alliance
- National Association of Theatre Owners
- Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.
- National Music Publishers’ Association
- American Federation of Musicians
- Directors Guild of America
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- Screen Actors Guild
- National Cable & Telecommunications Association
- Recording Industry Association of America
- Internet: The Great Firewall of China
- Internet: Reporters without Borders 2006 List of “Internet Black-Holes”
- Internet: Make the web a safer place and provide firewall data
- USA: Let’s play Wall Street Bailout
A non-profit group of web designers, film directors and journalists who want to make the Internet censorship system more transparent has put up a web site called the “Great Firewall of China”. On the site you can test if a particular website address is blocked in China and see how the site looks from the perspective of a Chinese user. It works by routing the requested url from…
To initiate their 24-hour online demo against Internet censorship the international campaign organization Reporters without Borders has published their 2006 list of “Internet Black holes” – countries that censor and don’t provide free access to the Internet. Everyone is invited to connect to the Reporter without Borders website between 11 a.m. on 7 November and [...]
With more and more people using ADSL broadband and always on Internet connections, we believe it might be time for a little reminder. Support the SANS Internet Storm Center and provide firewall logs to the DShield database. The Internet Storm Center (ISC) is an initiative of the SANS Institute, one of the most reputable computer [...]
A very interesting speech by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) during the congress debate on the so-called Bailout (transcript below)…