The US Congress is currently debating a law that could give them the power to censor the world’s internet. This means they could block the public from viewing website’s such as YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz. Additionally under the new proposed law, the US 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.
Now it is important that you notice that I mentioned the world’s internet, not just the United State’s internet. You see, most servers (what websites are hosted on) are based in the United States, meaning that any blocks put up by the United States Congress would effect the world. The vote could happen any day now, but we can all help stop this — champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen their hand.
Avaaz is currently holding taking virtual signatures for a petition against such a law which you can sign by clicking here. Help keep the internet free by doing your part and signing the petition, as well as spreading the word by sharing this with your friends/family.