Stand against SOPA

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It has been quite a while since I've posted anything, so it is perhaps a little disappointing that I write now not to help users of this site but rather ask them for their help. Currently there is a bill before the US Senate that if passed will not only censor the Internet for US citizens, but has the potential to censor it for us all. Who is behind it? The Entertainment Industry, who else. For the 100,000 plus users from the US who used my site last year, I encourage you to read on to see what you can do to help stand against this potentially devastating attempt at controlling the Internet.

It seems only a few years ago I remember reading about the "Great firewall of China" and other such repressive actions by governments to control information available to their citizens and feeling really lucky I lived in a modern democracy. Then in 2010 I watched in amazement when my own government here in Australia tried to pass a law that would introduce a mandatory filtering system that would give them the ability to maintain a unscrutinised blacklist of International websites. Fortunately this was stopped, however unfortunately we have not seen the last of this yet.

Now it seems it is the Americans turn. The SOPA bill currently before the Senate is due to be voted on in two weeks and at this stage has got more backing that a sane thinking person would give credence to. If passed its effects will be devastating and far reaching, and possibly even have the potential to fracture the global Internet community. I am not American and I very, very rarely get on my soapbox, let alone publicly comment on International politics. However I do urge every single visitor who is a US citizen to take a look at the following link and educate yourself on what you are potentially about to lose.

http://americancensorship.org/

And also check out this video

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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