I just received a message from FreePress concerning CISPA and our rights on the internet:
Imagine if Facebook, Google and Twitter built a privacy-killing surveillance machine to help the federal government spy on us.
If Congress passes the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this week, we'll be one step closer to that nightmare.
We've got just a couple of days to convince Congress to vote "NO" on CISPA. Here's how you can help:
Pick up the phone. Call Rep. Robert Hurt [Link] Urge a "NO" vote on CISPA. Let's get back to Facebook, Google and Twitter. Existing laws make it illegal for these and other online companies to share our personal information with the federal government without our consent or a search warrant.
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Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty -- if they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We have only 2 days to stop them.
The Internet has been an amazing example of people power -- allowing us to connect, speak out and pressure leaders like never before. That's largely because it's been governed to date by users and non-profits and not governments. But now countries like Russia, China and United Arab Emirates are trying to rewrite a major telecom treaty called the ITR to bring the Internet under its control -- the web would then be shaped by government interests and not by us, the users. Tim Berners L…Read more >
We're taking part in an Internet-wide day of action: Last week's vote was delayed, so now the Senate version of CISPA looks like it'll be voted on later THIS WEEK. Pro-privacy changes have been made to the bill, but they don't go far enough.
Specifically, Al Franken and Rand Paul are pushing an amendment to make sure companies can't spy on their users' private communications: Please add your name at right to support it.
Surveillance proponents are going to try to kill amendments like this one and eat into the pro-privacy changes that have already been made.
Congressional staffers say we can win these fights, but we need to up the volume of constituent contacts -- please help us bombard Congress with emails and calls this week.
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Is this wiki going to do anything about ACTA!?!??!?! I'm frightened. I haven't been very well lately. I don't want the government to watch my every move; I don't want my fanfictions and online stories to be taken away! Dear god, please please please somebody help..........
I don't want to live in a world where I can't write my fanfiction and Big Brother is watching me.....Read more >
The the question on the top explanes it. Nelfen 12:58, January 21, 2012 (UTC)Read more >
Thanks to the millions of people who were active in the Internet protests on Wednesday, including people like you on this wiki and across Wikia, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act have been indefinitely shelved by House and Senate leaders.
Both Representative Lamar Smith and Senator Harry Reid said that they are still interested in pursuing anti-piracy legislation to protect intellectual property rights, but, at this point, it doesn't appear that SOPA and PIPA themselves will move forward.
Senator Reid said that he is optimistic that the Senate can reach a compromise on intellectual property legislation to move it forward, while Representative Smith said that the House Judiciary Committee "remains committed to find…Read more >
I think this graphic about says it all.
This is what happens when the internet community unites in common cause. I'd like to thank everyone for being a force for positive change.
It's too early to declare victory, but we have taken a major step in defeating deeply flawed legislation.Read more >
I saw it, there is no big black bar on google, I think thery're finished. AND IF NOT, we will be here to PROTEST!!!!Read more >
THIS IS STUPIED, NO GOOD REASON TO DO THIS WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets raise some heck guys!! alos thumbs up the Michael Jackson titleRead more >
Today the San Francisco-based group Hackers & Founders organized a protest rally at Civic Center to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA. It included speakers like Flickr cofounder Catarina Fake , MC Hammer, Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway and others.
Here are the photos I took...Read more >
Dear Government that reads this:
I find the situation is unfair to the commitments of bill of rights according to freedom of press. Wikpedia all began because of this and wikia follows and I don't want it to end because of the same reason. I understand the process of getting money, but this is not the way. Without our help for the last decade with Wikipedia, we are showing their products, get people's attention and buy off your things. But is this how you treat us?! Internet is what it is all about! What have we come down to?! Writing letters just to advertise your product?! No, sir, not even you most updated information has better history as we do. Take Star Wars. com for an example. They actually trust Wookieepedia enough to link them to …Read more >
SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act
PIPA - Protect IP Act
These 2 acts could RUIN the internet! They could close MAJOR sites, Like Youtube, and pretty much EVERYTHING that i go on. VALVe, Creators of Steam, L4D, Half-Life, Team Fortress, Portal and Counter-Strike, will be afected by this aswell :O
If you h8 SOPA & PIPA and wish they would GTFO (Get The F*ck Off)
everyones back, Comment on this blog!
They are 100% against PTD! THEY SHALL NOT PASS! They will also shut down Wikia. :O
This means (In a Nutshell) - No more internet :'(
Remember too show your support for them to GTFO everyones back, Comment now!
P.S. If you want SOPA & PIPA to win, Get off this blog w/o commenting.Read more >
We must stop this horrible venom called SOPA! We cannot let it get our spirits down! We won't f'ing stand there while this is happening, we must fight!
I don't know how but by making this wikia I know the goverment will change it.
They haven't read the constitution!
- It has a law that will not let people do this!
- Plus, why would they want to make the internet worse, there just waiting for a team of "SUPER HACKERS" to take them down. Why would they want to make the internet like that, so that some of these companys can't bring in money to them! I thought they were all money grubing thieving bastards!
Lets stop this!Read more >
I would like to protest these bills which are (in their current state) a violation
of Freedom of Speech and a gateway to an online dictatorship. There are no
protests against this bill in my area, so how do I go about voicing my opinion
against this?Read more >
So will there be one? And if so when?Read more >
Today Wikia has become an amazing community of almost 60 million monthly users collaborating to share knowledge about topics they are passionate about. We have millions and millions of pages of user generated content created by this incredible collaboration. Becuse of the community, Wikia has now grown to be one of the 50 largest web networks in the world - an amazing accomplishment.
This existence of this community and Wikia itself is threatened by SOPA - the Stop Online Piracy Act, heading through the US House of Representatives and it's sister bill PIPA, the Protect-IP Act, heading through the Senate -- and I'd like to explain why in this blog post.
Before doing this however, I want to say that I support the idea of finding appropriate wa…Read more >
You can bury the Tea, but one should not bury the lede….
The second interesting piece at Politico comes from famed Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe, who more or less acts as a counterweight to Floyd Abram's letter. He basically highlights all of the problems we've discussed over the past few weeks: vague definitions, broadly targeted, will impact perfectly legitimate sites. And, he notes clearly:
“[SOPA] would violate the First Amendment.
“A key provision of the bill would give copyright owners the power to stop online advertisers and credit card processors from doing business with a website, merely by filing a unilateral notice that the site is “dedicated to the theft of U.S. property” — even if no court has actually found any…
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