A few months ago, SOPA and PIPA were shut down because Americans showed policy makers that we value freedom. If you missed that post, you can read it here. It was one of the most successful campaigns and the bills were totally shut down as policy makers pulled their support.
However, the Obama administration is still voicing support of SOPA. Wired noted recently that:
“The White House did say that it wouldn’t endorse a bill that endangers freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risks, or negatively affects the DNS system. On the other hand, it says elsewhere that “combating online infringement” — not protecting free speech — is a governmental priority “of the highest order.“
I got an email from Fight the Future yesterday stating that:
What is the White House working on exactly? Just the other day, the administration sent a letter to Congress to demonstrate their support for new internet censorship legislation. A few weeks ago, the White House struck a deal to give corporations private powers to shut down your internet connection (after “six strikes” without due process or judicial review), completely in secret.
Obama’s internet would let private companies block sites and turn off our web connections. Blocking websites censors free speech, hurts jobs, and breaks the internet. These are tactics used by totalitarian governments and we believe they’re never ok.
So, it’s time to act again. Let the current administration know that this kind of support isn’t okay. Click here to sign the petition urging Obama not to support SOPA. The goal is to get more than 151,000 signatures, which will make it the highest signed petition on whitehouse.gov right now.
So, don’t delay, take 30 seconds to make your voice count right now.