Internet Censorship in USA and Canada ?

Recently, the American and Canadian politicians have proposed some stupid bills against freedom and privacy in the internet, that can convert the US and Canada into Iran or China. Some Iranians say: “Those who did not care about our situation in Iran, now will be victims of the same situation in their own countries”, and it’s exactly like Albert Camus’s “The Plague”. The media reported: “Supported by the copyright lobby, the US House of Representatives put forward new legislation that is similar to the controversial PROTECT IP Act that the Senate attempted to introduce earlier in the year. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would allow the government to blacklist websites and services via the Domain Name System (DNS). One of the more controversial provisions in SOPA would also punish those who provide ways to bypass the proposed DNS filtering system ! Many of today’s tools and technologies can be seen as doing just that, providing ways to by-pass filtered DNS services. VPNs, proxies and anonymizer software could all be used to bypass DNS filtering, but the US Attorney General could launch legal proceedings against these types of services and software ! The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns that many Internet security tools, such as firewalls or the widely used SSH tool, come with proxy and VPN functions, and under SOPA, any of these tools could be made illegal”. It’s really stupid. Some say: “SOPA would ruin so much of what’s best about the Internet: It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans’ access to sites, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online. We will not stop fighting until the Stop Online Piracy and the PROTECT IP Acts are defeated”. The stupid bastards in the US try to convert the US into Iran under the Mullah regime. Some say: “It’s funny. The stupid lefts and stupid people in OWS movement try to abolish democracy and establish theocracy, and the stupid rights and anti-OWS try to censor the internet and suffocate the people’s voices. It’s really stupid and horrible. What’s wrong with Americans in 21st century?” The wise Americans should not remain silent or indifferent. Recently, the media reported: “The House Judiciary Committee will meet for a hearing on the controversial SOPA. What could have been an opportunity for the committee to hear from a variety of stakeholders has devolved into a parade of pro-SOPA partisans. Scheduled to testify are representatives from the Register of Copyrights, Pfizer Global Security, the Motion Picture Association of America, the AFL-CIO, and Mastercard Worldwide -many of which helped to draft this legislation in the first place, and didnt let anyone else into the room. Do you know who’s Missing From SOPA Hearing? EFF, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, Demand Progress and many others have all raised strong objections to SOPA”.

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In the recent days, EFF had many reports about SOPA. SOPA: Hollywood’s New War on Software Freedom and Internet Innovation is one of them that says: “The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an outrageous and grievously misguided bill now working its way through the House of Representatives. Do you write or distribute VPN, proxy, privacy or anonymization software? You might have to build in a censorship mechanism -or find yourself in a legal fight with the U.S. Attorney General. Even some of the most fundamental and widely used Internet security software, such as SSH, includes built-in proxy functionality. This kind of software is installed on hundreds of millions of computers, but it could easily become a target for censorship orders under the new bill. All censorship schemes impact speech beyond the category they were intended to restrict, but this bill will be particularly egregious in that regard because it causes entire domains to vanish from the Web, not just infringing pages or files. By introducing bills like this, Congress is recklessly endangering Internet innovation and security.” In another report, “SOPA: A Blacklist by Any Other Name Is Still a Blacklist”, the EFF says: “The early versions of PROTECT-IP, the Senates counterpart to SOPA, did include an explicit Blacklist Provision, but this transparent attempt at extrajudicial censorship was so offensive that the Senate had to re-write that part of the bill. However, provisions that encourage unofficial blacklisting remained, and they are still alive and well in SOPA. The new law would allow the Attorney General to cut off sites from the Internet, essentially blacklisting companies from doing business on the web. SOPA also allows payment processors to cut websites off voluntarily -even if they havent received a notice. Visa and Mastercard cannot be held accountable if they cease processing payments to any site, as long as they have a ‘reasonable belief’ that the website is engaged in copyright violations of any kind” It’s really like the law of the Jungle. In another report, “SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet”, the EFF says: “Hollywood is tired of those pesky laws that help protect innovation and creativity rather than outmoded business models. So they are trying to rewrite the rules, regulate the Internet, and damn the consequences for the rest of us. The bill sets up a system to punish sites allegedly dedicated to the theft of US property. How do you get that label? The payment processors (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc.) and ad services you rely on, can choke off your financial support; Your whole site will be under assault. And, it makes no difference that no judge has found you guilty of anything [!!!] or that the DMCA safe harbors would shelter your conduct if the matter ever went to court. Indeed, services that have been specifically found legal, like Rapidshare, could be economically strangled via SOPA”. It’s really stupid and like the law of the Jungle. The evil forces try to covert the internet into a totalitarian tool of surveillance and control, and it’s very dangerous.

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In the recent days, Harper and other stupid rights in Canada try to have a similar act in Canada. The Online Spying bills would enable authorities to spy on Canadians in the name of fighting against criminal and terrorist activities. It’s an old excuse that is used in Iran and China, as well. The reports, like Unmasking Online Spying in Canada, say: “As last drafted, the bills represent a dramatic and dangerous attempt to leverage online service providers as agents of state surveillance. They include new police powers that would allow Canadian authorities easy access to Canadians online activities, including the power to force ISPs to hand over private customer data without a warrant [!!!]. The dangers of these measures should not be underestimated”. It’s really true. This sort of stupid acts are very dangerous, and are like the Plague that can infect everyone in a gradual process. The reports add: “Openmedia.ca, CIPPIC, and other civil society groups have firmly denounced these spy bills and worked tirelessly to raise awareness about their true impact and intent. The heavy technical surveillance capacity obligations the legislation seeks to impose on ISPs even threaten Canadas fragile competitive telecom environment. A lawyer for a coalition of independent ISPs outlined the risks such bills pose to small independent ISPs”. It’s really horrible. It’s exactly like our dreadful conditions in Iran. The evil forces in all around the world are like each others. They use the same excuses and the same tactics. Some say: “Those who don’t care about others will be victims of the same problems. If you really want to live in a free world, and don’t want that the US, Canada, and the whole world convert into China or Iran under the Mullah regime, you should strongly protest against these stupid acts in the US and Canada, and also against the dreadful conditions in Iran, China, and other parts of the world”. As we said before, Iranians are victims of the western tools of suppression, and the western companies aid the Mullahs in killing and torturing Iranians (check Archive). But now those who are like indifferent animals and don’t care about others, should know that very soon they would have the same situation in their own country. “The Plague” is the story of these stupid bastards and their horrible stupidities. But the wise people in all around the world should not allow history to repeat itself. They should strongly protest against the western countries who supported the Mullahs and refused to help Iranians and their anti-Mullah movement. They should strongly protest against the western companies who aid the Mullahs and other savage dictators in killing and torturing the people. And they should strongly protest against the current stupid bills in the US and Canada.

for Action:

(1) via “Demand Progress”: Send a message to Congress -even if you already have- telling them they need to back down. Let’s make it clear that the Internet has risen up, and won’t back down until Congress heeds our calls

(2) via “American Censorship”: If this law passes, you’ll wake up to find sites you love blocked by the US government. Tell Congress to vote “no” on SOPA. Send the letter; Use the logo

(3) via Stop Online Spying in Canada: This is ‘Stop Online Spying campaign’, which began in June, now has over 75,000 signatures

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