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COICA kills free speech: Write Sen. Leahy

By Chris Pratt

Blacklisted domains and terminated websites are both possibilities if bill S.3804 becomes law. It is called “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) and it was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy on September 20, 2010.
 
Hard to imagine that the same man who could say:

“I commend Secretary of State Clinton for reaffirming our nation’s deep commitment to openness and freedom of expression on the Internet. The Internet has become a vital tool to protect and ensure the rights and basic freedoms of Americans and the human rights of people everywhere.”
Released by Leahy’s Office in January 2010

–or–

“Why did 9/11 happen on George Bush’s watch when he had clear warnings that it was going to happen?…. Had there been an independent congress, one that could ask questions, these questions would have been asked years ago. We’d be much better off…..”
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy — interview with Amy Goodman, 9/29/2006 

is now proposing legislation that will allow the government to blacklist and close down websites engaged in “infringing activities.”
 
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COICA stalls in Senate; Back Door Man cometh; DU fights back

By Electronic Frontier Foundation

News updates on internet freedom and privacy

Victory! Internet Censorship Bill Delayed, For Now
Great news for those who care about free speech and fair use online: the Senate Judiciary Committee won’t consider the dangerously flawed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) bill until after the midterm elections, at least. This is a real victory, and the support from all of you who used EFF’s Action Center to write to your Senators played a key role. Thanks as well to the 87 Internet scientists and engineers whose open letter to Congress reminded lawmakers what is at stake, and to all the other voices that helped sound the alarm.

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Control freaks want web licences to end bloggers’ anonymity – be very afraid


By Gerald Warner
Telegraph UK

The American blogosphere is going increasingly “viral” about a proposal advanced at the recent meeting of the Davos Economic Forum by Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, that an equivalent of a “driver’s licence” should be introduced for access to the web. This totalitarian call has been backed by articles and blogs in Time magazine and the New York Times.

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A Very Diplomatic Town Hall Meeting

By Elise Potaka

Big expectations lead to big disappointments. That’s what some learned from Barack Obama’s Shanghai “town-hall” meeting this week with “future Chinese leaders.”

Hopes that the students in attendance might ask some vaguely challenging questions; hopes that Obama would directly criticise China’s human rights record; hopes that the event would be easily accessible online to Chinese citizens: all were crushed as Monday’s meeting progressed with no real deviation from … well, from what one might expect when a high-level leader addresses the public within China.

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