SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) a bill which might become America’s first Internet censorship system is on the verge of becoming law. This new bill will allow the US Government to block Americans from visiting websites using DNS blocking. This is the same web censorship that is used by China, Iran and Syria.
So what could happen if this becomes law? What you post on other websites like Facebook or Google+ could be blocked and those sites could even face censorship too. Basically ANYWHERE people express themselves could get blocked. Hosting sites, personal sites and blogs, as well as social sites like Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, Myspace, Twitter, Reddit, and Digg.
Tell me more… OK, sites that you visit right now can easily be blocked. Email providers will scan your emails and strip them of links you send or receive or completely block those emails from getting through. Links that you share through social networks will be carefully monitored and censored.
There are a bunch of ways YOU can help easily. Please visited these sites:
Read the Full Page anti-SOPA ad in NYT..
Write to Congress…
Mozilla Firefox wrote to the Department of Homeland Security back in April and have yet received a response….
Be Prepared with Firefox add-ons that might help (dont bet on it though)…
What ELSE can we do? You can stop supporting companies that are IN FAVOR of the SOPA bill. Dont buy their software anymore (instead use free open source equivalents), dont buy their computers or products anymore. These companies include (and the list grows):
As of November 11, 2011, domain giant “GoDaddy” is now in support of SOPA. Theres LOTS MORE in support… Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Viacom, Nike, NBCUniversal, Ford Motor Co, Revlon, the NBA, as well as politicians Bill Clinton and George Bush.
So who is AGAINST SOPA and trying to fight it? Who is against this bill? Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, Ebay, Mozilla (Firefox), Tumblr, Techdirt as well as presidential candidate Ron Paul.
If you are still a bit confused or just want the whole thing laid out for you without having to think too much, watch this video and pass it out to others…
If you cant see the video, please go here: http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/
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