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Internet censorship

The homepage overlay and badge is from the cartoonically named Internet Defence League.

As you may know, being an English speaker in Japan, my main and almost only tangible contact with the Anglophone world is via the internet. How else does one keep a healthy state of mind and remain up to date? So, personally and professionally speaking, freedom on the internet is vital for me and the millions of expats from all countries all around the world. Threats to internet freedom is sure to have a stifling affect. Worse still, any such legislation created in the US will affect

  1. Americans
  2. Everyone else
  3. People who do not live in America
  4. People who have never been to America
  5. People who cannot vote in American elections, and cannot (and shouldn’t) affect American policy.

So, the gist of CISPA is that your browsing and internet information (things you do, and info you leave on websites) can be shared with American government agencies. Who as access? It’s a long list, the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice Presidents Children, the Forest Service, J-2 Intelligence, West Point Military Academy, (ironically) Office for Civil Rights, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and lots more (EFF, Under CISPA). What can you do? Go to the http://internetdefenseleague.org/ website and show your opposition to the planned legislation, even if you’re not American.

Stop internet censorship

Stop internet censorship

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My Stop SOPA blackout contribution

I, and many other people all around the world rely on a free and open internet. Intimidation on the internet can only hurt the legitimate business environment on the internet. I need my agents, advertising outlets, and portfolio hosts to remain open, independent, and unintimidated. So I had to oppose the American SOPA and PIPA legislation. There does need to be an effective anti-piracy legislation in all countries, but not one that is arbitrary, skewed to favour American oligarchs and their economic interests, and not one that re-creates a Communist-style censorship of the internet.

So for about 36 hours, spanning from just before the designated blackout day the 18th January to just after, this website was blacked out in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills that were to be put forward to US politicians. If you clicked on the picture on the homepage, you would have been taken to americancensorship.org that has a summary of SOPA & PIPA and the reasons for the opposition.

JapanesePhotos.Asia homepage Stop SOPA

JapanesePhotos.Asia homepage Stop SOPA

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