A Plug for Internet Rights

Today, I received the following email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

“The U.S. government has made two proposals this week that threaten online speech and privacy in radical new ways. Either one, if passed by Congress, will fundamentally rewrite the rules of the Internet. EFF is fighting hard for your rights and needs your help.

“These proposals are the most frightening we’ve seen in a long time. The first is a bill called the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act,” which would give the Justice Department new powers to censor websites accused of aiding “piracy.” The second is an Obama Administration proposal that would end online privacy as we know it by requiring all Internet communication service providers — from Facebook to Skype to your webmail provider — to rebuild their systems to give the government backdoor access to all of your private Internet communications.

“EFF is battling these threats to Internet users’ privacy and freedom of speech, and we need your support. More than half of EFF’s funding comes from individuals like you, and none of our funding comes from government grants. That means that when EFF goes toe-to-toe against government attempts to snatch away your rights, we pull no punches in defending the civil liberties of all technology users and innovators.

“Become an EFF member today, and join the ongoing fight for privacy, free expression, and civil liberties on the Internet, as we face down these threats and secure a better future for us all.”

I believe strongly in the work of the EFF. They are trying to make sure that dissidents in all countries – even America – have the right to communicate without Big Brother keeping a jaundiced watch. They are also trying to make sure that websites cannot be closed down on a government’s whim. Remember – if the American government does some of these things, it might seem innocent – but what if the Russian, Chinese or Iranian governments take advantage of these new abilities?

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