Starting today, this website will carry a “Stop ACTA” ribbon on the top right-hand corner of the homepage. We’re participating in a SOPA-style online protest against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
ACTA is worse than SOPA. It threatens the freedom and openess of the Internet. It targets you, the Internet user. Under ACTA, ISPs and websites will be be granted the carte blanche to track your activities online.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Authorities would easily compel these websites to turn over your personal information and records your online activities.
Clicking on the ribbon will take you to a petition on Avaaz.org, a global civic organization that promotes activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption, poverty. Please play your part and sign the petition.
You’re in good company.
Over 270,000 people have signed a sister petition – the Just Say No to ACTA – on www.accessnow.org, “a new global movement for digital freedom”. A Member of the European Parliament has resigned his position in protest.
Don’t get me wrong. I respect the rights of creators. But when the Internet is deliberately prosecuted or manipulated to stifle our rights and advance corporate interests, it becomes a different story.
AVAAZ cautions that ACTA would lead to the creation of “a shadowy new anti-counterfeiting body to allow private interests to police everything that we do online and impose massive penalties – even prison sentences — against people they say have harmed their business.”
AVAAZ further notes: The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and promote democracy.
Last week we scored a stunning victory over the corporate and political opponents of Internet freedom. We killed SOPA.
We can kill ACTA.