Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet in the U.S. A new bill, The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.

This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you’d expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you’re not allowed to visit (READ: $ingapore!). But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill this week – and Senators say they haven’t heard much in the way of objections! That’s why you need to sign an urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.

PETITION TO THE SENATE: Censoring the Internet is something we’d expect from China or Iran, not the U.S. Senate. You need to stop this Internet blacklist in its tracks and oppose S. 3804.

Add your name here.

Read more about the bill: COICA Fact Sheet.
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“We all use the web now for all kinds of parts our lives, some trivial, some critical to our life as part of a social world,” says Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web. “In the spirit going back to Magna Carta, we require a principle that: No person or organization shall be deprived of their ability to connect to others at will without due process of law, with the presumption of innocence until found guilty. Neither governments nor corporations should be allowed to use disconnection from the Internet as a way of arbitrarily furthering their own aims.”