Sounds fucking scary, doesn’t it?
And it’s true – this site, the one you visit, participate in, share, and have supported, is at risk.
Today is American Censorship Day. What is that, you ask? Well, here’s the skinny in a few simple steps:
Today (11/16), Congress is holding hearings on the first Internet censorship bill. Here’s what passage of this bill means (information taken directly from the AmericanCensorship.org website, a movement backed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Mozilla, and more):
- Users? Schmuzers! You’re Blocked! If a user on your website posts an link that infringes against SOPA (the bill up for vote), YOU as a website owner, can have your site BLOCKED by the government.
- Cute Facebook and YouTube videos? Fuggedaboudit. The next time your make a video of your nine-year-old singing a Katy Perry song and post it on Facebook or YouTube, that becomes a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in jail.
Here’s a great video that explains how this – unnecessary – bill works:
So – what can you – my VERY active and involved audience do to keep the gubment out of your interwebz in this overly obtrusive way?
Visit the American Censorship Day website and you’ll be greeted by a popup window (it looks like this) that will allow you in a click and a few keystrokes, to send your message to Congress TODAY. Sorry – I’d display the script on my website, but I’ve got this place locked down so tightly against hackers that I can’t get into my own source code. If the window doesn’t appear when you arrive on that website within 10 seconds, scroll down and look at the right side of the page and click on this link. That will force the window onto your screen.
But do this for me – and for you. Please. (US residents only)
And if you need more information on how SOPA – the bill in question – works, here’s an infographic (courtesy of AmericanCensorship.org)