Here’s one great tool to help track efforts to censor the net!

Listening to NPR this afternoon as I was driving and while I missed some of the details (such as the name of the lady speaking.  It was a short drive!)  However, she was representing the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  The most salient point that I wanted to be sure to share with what loyal readers I may have, and with all who care about the freedom of the internet around the world, is that the EFF has a new site to help address specifically the complaint that many of us have raised.

How the hell are we supposed to keep track of all the threats in the ongoing war?  As I wrote immediately following the SOPA strike, it’s an ongoing battle, not a one day action!  There are already new threats out there.  In fact, there are threats that appear to be even more insidious, and appear to be drawing even less notice.  I am speaking of ACTA, H.R. 1981 (which also thanks to the EFF you can speak out against it here!), and more.

So, what’s the answer?  Keeping up with it all is a Herculean task.  It is many full-time jobs.  Truly.  And, in part you simply have to make an effort.  In part though, we have the efforts of groups like EFF to thank.  Here is one of their latest efforts.

Global Chokepoints is an online resource created to document and monitor global proposals to turn Internet intermediaries into copyright police.

I think they describe themselves just fine, so I’ll let their words speak for themselves:

Global Chokepoints is an online resource created to document and monitor global proposals to turn Internet intermediaries into copyright police. These proposals harm Internet users’ rights of privacy, due process and freedom of expression, and endanger the future of the free and open Internet. Our goal is to provide accurate empirical information to digital activists and policy makers, and help coordinate international opposition to attempts to cut off free expression through misguided copyright laws, policies, agreements and court cases. Scroll down to see a list of countries currently featured for threatening free expression through copyright censorship.

In other words, they’re going to serve as a central clearinghouse for information about these efforts around the world.  Not just here in the US.  This is important.  Especially with the forces of the US working to manipulate and blackmail other countries to implement these same restrictions, even when those other countries don’t particularly want them (and, the original source in Spanish here.)

It’s not perfect or complete, but it is a good resource to add to your list.


About Just Torch

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