Government hypocrisy rears its ugly head once again. Earlier this month, the United States endorsed a statement supporting a United Nations report on global Internet freedom, saying that “the same rights that people have offline – freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek information, freedom of assembly and association, amongst others – must also be protected online.”
But actions speak louder than words, and it is clear that the government is all talk, based on their efforts to push new domestic laws that would censor the Internet, restrict users’ Internet access, and criminalize an increasing number of online activities.
These potential laws include:
1. An Internet Blacklist Bill (the PROTECT IP Act, Senate Bill 968) that would block users’ access to sites accused of copyright infringement.
2. The “Ten Strikes” Bill(Senate Bill 978), which would make unlicensed online streaming a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
3. A “three strikes” deal between Internet service providers and big business that would reduce bandwidth and restrict access to certain sites for users who have been accused of copyright infringement.
You can help us stop these hypocritical actions, and hold our government to the same standards it promotes abroad, by signing the petitions linked to above or visiting our website .
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