Subject: [NYCGA-IWG] Fwd: US Congress nears vote to force all US Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation
From: Devin Balkind
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:35:29 -0500
To: internet working group <internet_working_group@googlegroups.com>, OWS Solutions <ows_solutions@freenetworkfoundation.org>, movementbuildingny@googlegroups.com

We need to do something about this...

DWB

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From: Mark Roest <marklroest@gmail.com>
Date: November 17, 2011 6:59:14 PM EST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: US Congress nears vote to force all US Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation
Reply-To: building-a-distributed-decentralized-internet@googlegroups.com

Hello All,

And some people wonder why Occupy! has spread across the nation?


http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_us_a/?ciiPwab

560,305 have signed. Help us get to 750,000

Posted: 16 November 2011
Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz! 

Under the new law, our government could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the Internet's hosts and hardware are located here in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us in America and millions across the world. 

[The idea would be that corporations with influence could request blocking based on suspicion -- which of course means that they could use that to target anyone they choose, by lying.]

We only have days before the vote but we can help stop this -- champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that a global outcry would strengthen their hand. Let's urgently raise our voices from every corner of America and join Avaaz members across the world to build a massive call urging our decision makers to reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Sign now [at http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_us_a/?ciiPwab] and then forward as widely as possible -- our message will be delivered directly to key members of Congress ahead of the crucial vote.


Let's fight back with the power of networks.

Regards,

Mark Roest
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