Tuesday, 31 January 2012

First SOPA and now...ACTA

With the positive news of the US backing down over SOPA and PIPA barely fading from our minds, there is now ACTA.  This is a proposed global treaty which the EU is considering ratifying which would effectively allow corporations to police the internet and prosecute or close down those sites they considered had infringed copyright or harmed their business.
This obviously leads to the same issues as SOPA, the shutting down of protest, information sharing and e-activism.  Along with the co-option of site owners as tools of the corporate state.
As with SOPA I am strongly against this.  

I believe that the internet is an invaluable tool for democracy, news and skill sharing etc.
In the face of the oncoming crisis we must not be left ignorant and voiceless. 

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