You know, I may be out of line dragging CISPA into this thread, but personally I think the entire internet needs to know about it; from porn sites to 4chan and everything in between. This is the next in a long, potentially inexhaustible line of "Internet Killing" bills. Unlike its parents, SOPA and PIPA, CISPA is a bill that allows the government to spy on you through your computer. They can log your ISP, wherever it goes, and whatever you do with it. They can keep a record of all your information, everything you type, everything you post to the internet, everything you upload and download, and with all that overwhelming information they can EASILY make your life a living hell.
This is a matter of your civil liberties. If you're not an American, then please, feel free to ignore this. Go back to fighting similar legislature in your own homelands. This post is focused solely on the people of the US.
My fellow Americans, we have a duty to fight this. We have a duty to fight every bill that will follow it. If you have ever had even a minute of joy from the internet, you MUST fight to defend it, because it cannot defend itself. The internet is one of the things that is going to save our world from its own people.
Many of you will roll your eyes at that, I know I did the first time I said it. Do me the slightest of favors and hear me out, because I have a reason for believing this. I believe that the internet will save the world, because when you shove aside the porn, the idiotic videos, the conspiracy theories, and all the other crap that floods this might online ocean, we come to the Internet's core. At its heart, the internet is information. The internet is a connection, not simply between two people, but between BILLIONS of people. Through the internet we can share information, evidence, facts, stories, experiences, and everything else that makes Humanity great. We can organize massive protests with the click of a single button, and we can build support for a movement in a matter of days, where before the Internet's existence it might have taken weeks, or even months.
The Internet will help save our world because through it we are reminded that we are all people. We are all Human. We are not Americans, Japanese, Russians, British, Indians, and Africans. We are Humanity, and because the Internet connects us to one and other through sight and sound, we are reminded that we are not so different. It becomes harder to see someone as an enemy, and easier to see through the shroud that our Governments lay over our eyes.
We have to save the Internet, because in doing so we will save our voices. We will make it so we can continue to fight injustice in our own homelands and in nations all across the world. The Internet is freedom incarnate, and the United States government, and many other governments all over the world, are trying to enslave it, control it, dominate it, and in the process of all of this destroy it. They have seen the immense power that the internet has, and they are afraid.
We want them to be afraid. We want them to know that in a moment's notice we can have a million people ready to kick them out of office and destroy their political careers for good. We want them to be reminded that We the People have a voice, and we will fight to keep it from being silenced.
The link above is one that takes you to a petition site. If you love the Internet, then go to it and sign the petition. Let your congressmen and your senators and your presidential candidates be aware that you will not support anyone who would seek to destroy our internet.
We hold all of the power, not them. Make sure they know it.