Friday, January 27, 2012

They Are Coming For Your Internet! - Stop ACTA!!!

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a dangerous international treaty... we need to fight this just as the Polish members of parliament did:

After Poland's January 19 announcement that it would sign the treaty on January 26, a number of Polish government websites, including that of the President and Polish Parliament, were shut down by denial of service attacks that started January 21. Websites included the Sejm, the lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament, the Chancellery of the PM, the President, and the Polish Ministry of Culture. Over thousand people protested in front of the European Parliament office in Warsaw on January 24. Several thousands protested in the streets of major Polish towns on January 25.

On January 26, Polish politicians expressed disapproval of the treaty by holding up Guy Fawkes masks during parliamentary proceedings.

Kader Arif, European rapporteur for ACTA, resigned from his position on January 26, denouncing the treaty "in the strongest possible manner" for having "no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, [and] exclusion of the EU Parliament's demands that were expressed on several occasions in [the] assembly.

Ladies and Gents... something very evil is afoot... this business of controlling the Internet under the guise of piracy protection, as well as anti-pornography and any other "noble reason" is just an excuse to control information that you or I can see and pass to others.

Governments do not want the populace to share information or to use the Internet to organize.
They do not want you to photograph, or document, shed any light or make their policies transparent. We must therefore do those things to remain free.

Call Washington - Call your Senators and tell them to reject this Treaty.

Google ACTA and find out more.