Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy Anniversary - Join in Internet Freedom Day Today, January 18, 2013

Today marks a milestone in the history of the free and open internet. It's called #InternetFreedomDay—and we want you to join in the celebration.

One year ago, tens of thousands of websites around the world went dark and thousands of people took to the streets to protest SOPA and PIPA, two pieces of US legislation that seriously threatened the free and open internet.

On January 18, the global internet community spoke loud and clear: we will not accept censorship. And today we want to remind policymakers that we never will.

You’ll join hundreds of thousands of people around the world in sending a message to lawmakers and governments—including thousands in the US who have sent letters to the US Congress.

Because of the interconnected nature of the internet, SOPA and PIPA were a threat to users everywhere. Had they been passed into law, they would have sent an unequivocal message to the world’s governments that censoring the web is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

That victory marked the beginning of a global movement that rallied again and again to protect the net -- taking down ACTA in Europe, a national firewall in Pakistan, and preventing a government takeover of the internet at the ITU.

This year, we want to keep the pressure on. Lend your voice to the Thunderclap and send a message today. 

We’ll continue to count on your support as we fight to defend and extend digital rights in 2013 and beyond.

But today, let’s celebrate.

Happy #InternetFreedomDay,
The Access Team

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