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New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

We all remember the outrage that swept the Internet and ultimately played a role in defeating CISPA, a proposed law that would have allowed government agencies and tech companies to exchange private information about United States citizens without their knowledge and without a warrant. Well, it’s time to get ready for another round of outrage because CISPA’s controversial successor is now a step closer to becoming law.

Join The Digital World and many others in The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance on February 11.

Learn more at www.thedaywefightback.org

IMPORTANT! COULD MEAN END OF TWITTER AND YOUTUBE!

A bit of an emergency: The rumor all over Capitol Hill is that the House version of the Internet Blacklist Bill will be introduced this week, probably on Wednesday.

Please click here to urge your Congressmember to NOT COSPONSOR the legislation.

Our allies on the Hill say the bill’s so bad that it could effectively destroy Youtube, Twitter, and other sites that rely on user-generated content by making the sites’ owners legally responsible for everything their users post.

Nobody will want to take that risk, so sites like Youtube and Twitter could be forced to shut down.

And all of this is being driven by a few major corporations who are trying to protect their private profits.

Will you click here to ask your Congressmember not to cosponsor the legislation, at least until they’ve heard our concerns?

Thanks,

The Demand Progress team

PS: We need to completely overwhelm the social networking sites with info about this legislation so we can bombard Congress with constituent contacts:

If you’re already on Facebook, click here to share with your friends.

If you’re already on Twitter, click here to tweet about the campaign: Tweet

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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

An appeals court just made the biggest privacy decision of 2014.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the government illegally obtained and used Quartavious Davis's cell phone location data to help convict him in a string of armed robberies in Miami and unequivocally stated that cell phone location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment.

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Internet Blacklist Bill

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED: New Internet Blacklist Bill Could Shut Down Twitter And Youtube!

A bit of an emergency: The rumor all over Capitol Hill is that the House version of the Internet Blacklist Bill will be introduced this week, probably on Wednesday.

Our allies on the Hill say the bill’s so bad that it could effectively destroy Youtube, Twitter, and other sites that rely on user-generated content by making the sites’ owners legally responsible for everything their users post.

Nobody will want to take that risk, so sites like Youtube and Twitter could be forced to shut down.

Facebook, Myspace, and Google+ would be at risk. The cyberlocker and streaming provisions could affect your iPhone, Android, AmazonCloud, Pandora, Spotify, Grooveshark and even your email accounts.

And all of this is being driven by a few major corporations who are trying to protect their private profits.

Click here to access form to ask your Congressmember not to cosponsor the legislation, at least until they’ve heard our concerns.

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John Oliver’s pro-net neutrality rant crashes FCC comments system

“The cable companies have figured out if you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring,” he said. “This is the moment you were made for, commenters. We need you to channel your anger.”

FCC Needs to Investigate BART(Bay Area Rapid Transit)

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This one’s simple: Last week Bay Area Rapid Transit shut off cell service to stymie protests of a killing by transit police. BART’s board is meeting this Wednesday. Will you click here to tell them to end the censorship?

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/bart/?referring_akid=a1977065.81595.E-w9oE&source=auto-taf

We’ve seen officials across the globe threaten and take similar actions: from dictators trying to cling to power in the Middle East, to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, to Joe Lieberman and his Internet Kill Switch legislation.

It’s time to draw a line in the sand: Please sign this petition condemning BART, encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to investigate, and warning other public agencies that we won’t tolerate censorship.

Just click here:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/bart/?referring_akid=a1977065.81595.E-w9oE&source=auto-taf

BART’s board is meeting this Wednesday – please sign so it can be delivered before they meet.

Thanks!

“You’ve been owned!” That’s what product manufacturers are hoping the Supreme Court will tell Americans this fall.

The Court will decide if you have the right to resell the very things that YOU OWN — your clothes, your iPod, even your house:

Please click here for more details, and tell the White House and Congress to stand by Americans’ rights to resell the things we own.

http://www.youvebeenowned.org/

Worse Than China? U.S. Government Wants To Censor Search Engines And Browsers

Under a terrible new Internet censorship bill, the Department of Justice could force search engines and service providers to block users’ access to websites, and scrub the American Internet clean of any trace of their existence.

Stand up for your right to surf where you want to! Click the link below, sign the petition, and share it on Twitter and Facebook. Then reblog this message to spread the word!

http://demandprogress.org/blacklist/?source=campaigns

From US Uncut: While internet users in the US struggle with expensive and slow connections provided by cable corporations, Chattanooga, Tennessee’s fiber-optic network, “The Gig”, is a taxpayer-owned public utility that boasts internet speeds 50 times faster than the rest of the country.

SHARE this if the FCC should dump their plans to end net neutrality and classify the internet as a public utility!