Defend Internet Freedom!

dixxymouri:

Almost there to the minimum! But let’s keep going!

In the interest of perusing the bill proposed, i believe this is the document in question if anyone is interesting.

i have not yet read it (i though i might as well post it here first), but from my understanding, this is not technically sopa, but a re-hash of it. what’s frightening about this bill (from what i gather) is that it proposes to make acts such as cover songs a felony

obviously i’m going to read it and look further into it, but i thought it was a good idea to post it here for the sake of publicising if nothing else.

fyeahcopyright:

nameless-traveler recently posted concerns that “The Obama administration announced that it will be bringing back a piece of SOPA legislation that would make streaming copyrighted material a felony” and linked to a petition against SOPA at

dippity-do-not-touch-me:

Okay so SOPA is back, guys. This time it’s trying to make streaming copyrighted material a felony. Do you know what that means? It means you can be charged and even do jail time for

  • Making fanart
  • Covering a song
  • If there’s a song on on the background of a video, it still counts
  • Writing fanfiction 

There’s a petition to stop it from happening, and it still needs 82,000 signatures so please sign it here.

Idk if other mods have been posting to this blog of late (I sure haven’t), but I think this blog should be brought back if SOPA is coming back

CISPA Storm Heading Our Way

fandom-forecast:

There’s a super storm heading our way as the petition to stop CISPA is nearing it’s end, with 25,000 signatures left. With the threat of internet censorship looming over, all fandoms are advised to sign the petition so they won’t have to.

to-be-brave:

sshithappenss:


The difference between Freedom & Slavery is one thin line.

woah.

genius. 

to-be-brave:

sshithappenss:

The difference between Freedom & Slavery is one thin line.

woah.

genius. 

there-will-be-cubes:

The video that introduced me to James Randi, skepticism and eventually atheism.

THANKS ASHENS <3

Make no mistake about it &#8230; if any of the current efforts to shut down freedom on the Internet actually goes into effect, it will NOT succeed.
Why? Because Netizens will not ALLOW it to succeed. We combine the fighting spirit of this woman with modern technology, to create an unstoppable force: The Netizen Revolution.
I hope we are all clear on this. The Internet WILL remain free.
The forces of oppression simply don&#8217;t understand cyberspace the way Netizens do. They&#8217;re utterly incompetent here, compared to us. Politicians have to hire people to run their websites &#8212; due to lack of knowledge, in most cases, not lack of time. (For them to trust those people, many of whom ARE Netizens, not to shut down those websites at critical moments is, well, amusing.)
Try to shut us down &#8230; and we&#8217;ll shut YOU down. That&#8217;s all of us, acting independently. My methods will be legal, but I do not speak for other Netizens. We are not organized &#8212; on purpose. We don&#8217;t have a central command structure, and no one gives us marching orders.
One way, but not the only way, to shut them down is at the ballot box. There are other legal means as well. My non-anonymity requires that I keep it legal &#8230; but many Netizens are anonymous, and many of us do not even let people KNOW that they are Netizens.
Think about it, censors. Think long and hard. In the words of another great woman, Aretha Franklin, &#8220;You&#8217;d better think about the consequences of your actions.&#8221;

Make no mistake about it … if any of the current efforts to shut down freedom on the Internet actually goes into effect, it will NOT succeed.

Why? Because Netizens will not ALLOW it to succeed. We combine the fighting spirit of this woman with modern technology, to create an unstoppable force: The Netizen Revolution.

I hope we are all clear on this. The Internet WILL remain free.

The forces of oppression simply don’t understand cyberspace the way Netizens do. They’re utterly incompetent here, compared to us. Politicians have to hire people to run their websites — due to lack of knowledge, in most cases, not lack of time. (For them to trust those people, many of whom ARE Netizens, not to shut down those websites at critical moments is, well, amusing.)

Try to shut us down … and we’ll shut YOU down. That’s all of us, acting independently. My methods will be legal, but I do not speak for other Netizens. We are not organized — on purpose. We don’t have a central command structure, and no one gives us marching orders.

One way, but not the only way, to shut them down is at the ballot box. There are other legal means as well. My non-anonymity requires that I keep it legal … but many Netizens are anonymous, and many of us do not even let people KNOW that they are Netizens.

Think about it, censors. Think long and hard. In the words of another great woman, Aretha Franklin, “You’d better think about the consequences of your actions.”

robertlovespi:

[The Netizen Manifesto had to be an Internet meme. A book made of paper would have been inconsistent.]
Welcome to 2012, also known as 14 A.G. (“Age of Google”). After these 14 years, things have changed, forever, fundamentally. Who now holds real power? Not who you might think!
It isn’t the politicians. It isn’t corporations. It isn’t the obsolete “old guard” of the rich and powerful, anymore. The people who really run the show are legion, and cannot be stopped: we are the Citizens of the Internet, or, for short:
                                                     NETIZENS
…and, like it or not, we’re taking over. We already have, actually, but we choose our battles. There is no conspiracy here — we function as individuals, working for whatever causes we personally believe in.
The image above, of an activist holding a microphone, evokes the Sixties, when people needed microphones to make their voices heard. These activists forced the USA out of an unjust war in Vietnam — WITHOUT the Internet. What can Netizens do now, with the activist spirit of the Sixties, combined with new technology? WHATEVER WE CHOOSE TO DO.  To those clinging to the illusion of control, by the rules of the old system, know this: you keep your positions of “power” AT OUR WHIM. Better play nice!
Some Netizens, especially in the subgroup of us known as “hackers,” do unethical things, such as creating computer viruses, or otherwise wreaking havoc. They should not do this. MOST Netizens operate by personal codes of ethics — but when we see injustice, we fight it, relentlessly, from cyberspace, using Google, Tumblr, Twitter, Wikipedia, our own websites, YouTube, WordPress, and, yes, even Facebook, occasionally. This list is FAR from complete. Even if one of us is somehow silenced, our ideas remain on-line, going viral, unstoppably, and ten new Netizens instantly replace any who fall.
No one is born a Netizen, but anyone with an Internet connection, the dedication, and the WILL TO LEARN can become one. We teach ourselves what we need to know, and, once our transformations are complete, so are our personal liberations from fear, intimidation, and oppression.
Thomas Jefferson, more than anyone else of his era, created a revolution with words and ideas, and he died in 172 B.G. (“Before Google”). Just IMAGINE what he could have accomplished with post-1998 (Google Year Zero) technology, and you’ll start to understand our power, which grows, as our numbers grow, daily.
We will end the War On Women. We will stop the War On Education. We will bring down tyrants worldwide, until the world is free at last.
If you see this, you may be a Netizen already, but, if you are not, you CAN become one. Netizens nearly brought down the government of IRAN in 2009 — and the “Green” Netizens there, with their allies worldwide, will be back, when the time is right, to finish that job.
The power of the Internet has AT LEAST doubled, just in those three years. Each of us becomes stronger every day, as we also increase in number.
We don’t need violence. We don’t need to do anything illegal (and those Netizens who choose to do so should stop). We can fight tyrants almost anywhere with the legal, ethical power of words and ideas, amplified by modern technology.
As for places such as North Korea, where we cannot yet reach effectively: we’re working on that. Netizens will help the world become free. Geography does not limit us here, in cyberspace, and the imaginary lines on maps which politicians draw are problems to solve for us, NOT insurmountable obstacles.
To resist us is futile. Ideas cannot be stopped.
To understand why, do this [squeeze toothpaste from a tube], and then try to get the toothpaste back INTO the tube, without destroying it. It simply cannot be done. To do so would be to defy fundamental laws of physics, and THAT is impossible. Physics, and the power of the truth, are on our side.
YOU are invited to join the Netizen Revolution. Be part of the solution. Solve the problems of the world — by taking direct action. You will never be alone. Join us!

robertlovespi:

[The Netizen Manifesto had to be an Internet meme. A book made of paper would have been inconsistent.]

Welcome to 2012, also known as 14 A.G. (“Age of Google”). After these 14 years, things have changed, forever, fundamentally. Who now holds real power? Not who you might think!

It isn’t the politicians. It isn’t corporations. It isn’t the obsolete “old guard” of the rich and powerful, anymore. The people who really run the show are legion, and cannot be stopped: we are the Citizens of the Internet, or, for short:

                                                     NETIZENS

…and, like it or not, we’re taking over. We already have, actually, but we choose our battles. There is no conspiracy here — we function as individuals, working for whatever causes we personally believe in.

The image above, of an activist holding a microphone, evokes the Sixties, when people needed microphones to make their voices heard. These activists forced the USA out of an unjust war in Vietnam — WITHOUT the Internet. What can Netizens do now, with the activist spirit of the Sixties, combined with new technology? WHATEVER WE CHOOSE TO DO.  To those clinging to the illusion of control, by the rules of the old system, know this: you keep your positions of “power” AT OUR WHIM. Better play nice!

Some Netizens, especially in the subgroup of us known as “hackers,” do unethical things, such as creating computer viruses, or otherwise wreaking havoc. They should not do this. MOST Netizens operate by personal codes of ethics — but when we see injustice, we fight it, relentlessly, from cyberspace, using Google, Tumblr, Twitter, Wikipedia, our own websites, YouTube, WordPress, and, yes, even Facebook, occasionally. This list is FAR from complete. Even if one of us is somehow silenced, our ideas remain on-line, going viral, unstoppably, and ten new Netizens instantly replace any who fall.

No one is born a Netizen, but anyone with an Internet connection, the dedication, and the WILL TO LEARN can become one. We teach ourselves what we need to know, and, once our transformations are complete, so are our personal liberations from fear, intimidation, and oppression.

Thomas Jefferson, more than anyone else of his era, created a revolution with words and ideas, and he died in 172 B.G. (“Before Google”). Just IMAGINE what he could have accomplished with post-1998 (Google Year Zero) technology, and you’ll start to understand our power, which grows, as our numbers grow, daily.

We will end the War On Women. We will stop the War On Education. We will bring down tyrants worldwide, until the world is free at last.

If you see this, you may be a Netizen already, but, if you are not, you CAN become one. Netizens nearly brought down the government of IRAN in 2009 — and the “Green” Netizens there, with their allies worldwide, will be back, when the time is right, to finish that job.

The power of the Internet has AT LEAST doubled, just in those three years. Each of us becomes stronger every day, as we also increase in number.

We don’t need violence. We don’t need to do anything illegal (and those Netizens who choose to do so should stop). We can fight tyrants almost anywhere with the legal, ethical power of words and ideas, amplified by modern technology.

As for places such as North Korea, where we cannot yet reach effectively: we’re working on that. Netizens will help the world become free. Geography does not limit us here, in cyberspace, and the imaginary lines on maps which politicians draw are problems to solve for us, NOT insurmountable obstacles.

To resist us is futile. Ideas cannot be stopped.

To understand why, do this [squeeze toothpaste from a tube], and then try to get the toothpaste back INTO the tube, without destroying it. It simply cannot be done. To do so would be to defy fundamental laws of physics, and THAT is impossible. Physics, and the power of the truth, are on our side.

YOU are invited to join the Netizen Revolution. Be part of the solution. Solve the problems of the world — by taking direct action. You will never be alone. Join us!