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Internet Freedom Day 2013

January 18, 2013

On January 18, 2012, an amazing thing happened. Thousands of netizens spoke up by any means possible that internet censorship will not be tolerated. At that time Congress had two bills introduced that were intended to fight online piracy. However in reality these two bills would have been an unprecedented attack on speech over the internet. These two bills were called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

The following infographic from techdirt shows what can happen when people stick up for what they believe in!


I can proudly say all of the websites I maintain went black in protest a year ago.  And as you can tell from the bottom of the infographic the battle continues! I would urge everyone to visit the Internet Freedom Day website and learn about this important issue.

As my part of this day I will join bloggers and activists around the world by posting a link to the following copyrighted video. This is Martin Luther King’s landmark “I have a dream” speech. It’s disturbing to think SOPA would have made it a criminal offence to even create a link to such a video. Embedding the video link as I am below could have landed me in jail??? That’s crazy!

I would also urge everyone to watch the video for another reason: this speech is a defining moment that helped change the world! This public speech inspired a whole generation. With Martin Luther King day coming up on January 21 there is no better time to observe this historic point in time.

** This video starts with a short message about Internet Freedom Day, just be patient and the MLK speech will come!
**If the link breaks I’ll try to find another source, the source already been taken down once today.

Finally I think everyone should watch the following video released by Reason.com. Last week a modern Internet hero Aaron Swartz committed suicide. This bright young man not only helped to expand communication on the Internet but he fought for freedom of information. The following video is an interview with Swartz’s friend Parker Higgins. Higgins also happens to be an internet activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I personally believe the Federal Government is to blame for the death of Swartz. Even if the government cannot be blamed for his death they are responsible for undue harassment of this young modern hero.

 

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