Obama AFK?‏

posted by outlawq8 comment: 0

As received by email by fightforthefuture.org (a non-profit that helped to organize the historic strike against the web censorship bills SOPA and PIPA)

Dear Abdulla,

Can you believe this?  After the largest online protest in history, the Obama administration is still voicing support for SOPA.

We promised to ask for your help if SOPA returned. We’re asking now. This kind of backtracking demands a strong, fast response. We’re running a petition to demand that Obama drop all support for internet censorship.

Our goal? Get more signatures than the top petition on whitehouse.gov — 151,000 signatures. Tell Obama to promise: “I will never advance legislation that blocks websites or disconnects Americans’ internet access.” 

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.

Let’s get more signatures than any petition on whitehouse.gov.

As Wired noted*, “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.” What about free speech, Obama?

Sign the petition now, then share it to keep the internet strong. Our friends need to know where the President is currently standing on SOPA.
We couldn’t have stopped SOPA and PIPA without you and all of your friends! And we can’t do it without you now. Let’s make sure SOPA 2.0 never gets written.

Thank you,

Tiffiniy, Zak, Fight for the Future!

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