I am not kidding, the US congress is considering a bill to censor the internet. Which means our beloved social networking/blogging sites will be gone. But not that easy, there is certainly something we all can do about this.
I just emailed Congress to urge them to oppose the Internet Blacklist Legislation, known as the PROTECT-IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. This legislation seeks to give the executive branch power to conduct slash-and-burn campaigns against websites that allegedly host – or even link to – content that infringes on intellectual property rights. That would “disappear” whole domain names, fundamentally undermining Internet security, and/or choke off their financial support. The Internet Blacklist Legislation puts more sites than ever at risk, effectively upending the DMCA safe harbors that have been crucial to the growth of Internet innovation and creativity.
Sadly, these short-sighted and dangerous bills won’t do much to stop online infringement – but they will jeopardize our ability to speak and read online with the kind of freedom we cherish in the offline world. Deep-pocketed Hollywood lobbyists are aggressively pushing to control and censor the open Internet, willing to sacrifice free speech and our Internet culture in hopes of controlling how people view their movies and products.
We need to stop this bill before it goes any further. Will you contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose the Internet Blacklist Legislation?
As for my opinion on this. I can only think of one sole reason for censoring the internet. Children surfing the web and stumbling across things that are inappropriate. I don't know about you but I still have to tell my mother all of the websites I visit. I wasn't allowed to use any social networking sites until I was 16 years old. The same goes for my younger siblings. More parents need to be like my mother, obviously. This bill is a clear violation of the FIRST amendment: FREEDOM of SPEECH/PRESS/&ASSEMBLY. We are free to say whatever we want, however we want to. The sites I frequent daily have helped me in more ways than they have hurt me. I cannot think of a logical reason for censoring the internet.
For more information on the bill CLICK HERE to read the article. I URGE you all to click the links above and contact your government officials to change their minds. Tell all of your friends! http://americancensorship.org/