As Companies And Sites Pile On Against SOPA, AmericanCensorship.org Offers Tools To Help Fight Back
Sites can embed tool that makes it easy for users to contact Congress
Contacts: David Segal, email@example.com and (401) 499-5991; David Moon, firstname.lastname@example.org and (202) 427-7966
Washington, DC- As Twitter, Google, eBay, Flickr, Wikipedia, the Huffington Post, and countless smaller sites come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act, AmericanCensorship.org announces new tools to help people protest the legislation.
Internet users can visit AmericanCensorship.org to easily place a phone call or send an email to their member of Congress. Sites can paste in this code to embed a widget that will steer their users directly to the AmericanCensorship.org call tool:
<iframe src="http://americancensorship.org/callwidget" width="588" height="625" border="0"></iframe>
Or add this script to your site:
According to Fight for the Future co-founder Holmes Wilson, "The most important thing this week is that everyone join the protests in some way. If all of us drive our audiences to make phone calls, we're unstoppable. We need to jam Congress's inboxes and melt their phone lines if we're going to stop SOPA."
Internet users can contact Congress by visiting AmericanCensorship.org. To give Americans a sense of what the Internet would be like if SOPA passes, any Internet user can go there to "censor" parts of their emails and posts to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or other websites. To 'uncensor' readers must visit AmericanCensorship.org and contact their own members of Congress. Here's a sample post:
To underscore the negative impact SOPA would have on economic growth and innovation, people who are employed by web-related companies -- and people who earn income blogging, selling items online, or otherwise make a living by using the Internet -- are encouraged to post photos of themselves to IWorkForTheInternet.org. Just a few hours after the site's launch last evening, more than 1,000 people had done so.
SOPA would kill tech jobs and stifle innovation, undermine cybersecurity, censor the Internet in America, and give comfort to foreign regimes that seek to censor the Internet in order to undermine political speech and dissent. If it passes, social networking sites would need to police their users' content more aggressively, sites would be shut down with negligible due process, and people could be jailed for posting copyrighted content (like background music and karaoke videos). This New York Times op-ed serves as a good primer on the bill's failings.
According to Demand Progress executive director David Segal, "This week is do or die: If SOPA passes through committee, House leadership can call for a full vote at any time. But if we can beat it this week, there's a good chance it'll be gone for good. Anybody who cherishes a free, secure Internet -- and the economic development and benefit to our democracy that come with it -- needs to call Congress right away."
Participating sites include Tumblr, Reddit, Mozilla, Union Square Ventures, Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Public Knowledge, MoveOn, Free Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wikimedia, the Free Software Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and dozens of others. They include the groups that drove more than two million contacts to Congress through last month's "American Censorship Day" effort, and many more.