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SOPA and PROTECT IP would harm innovation all over the world

"Imagine a world where YouTube, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter had never been created due to the cost of regulatory compliance. Imagine an Internet where any website where users can upload text, pictures or video is liable for copyrighted material uploaded to it. Imagine a world where the addresses to those websites could not be found using search engines like Google and Bing, even if you typed them in directly."

Good article in case you didn´t realize how endangered the internet is if the US passes this bill. The effects will be felt all over the world as unfortunately the US is still the heart of the internet. Not only are all the large companies based there, but crucial parts of the infrastructure are still under control of the US government.

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Today is American Censorship Day, as Congress holds hearings on the first internet censorship system. The RIAA, MPAA, and the rest of Big Content have spent $91 million lobbying the government to pass really terrible bills that would put the US on the same page as China, Iran, and Libya. It would break the internet as we know it and is opposed by Google, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Kickstarter, and a long list of other tech companies, lawyers, and (thankfully) some politicians like Ron Wyden and Ron Paul. Write to Congress TODAY and tell them not to break the internet to protect the outdated business models of old media.

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Congress is holding hearings on a really bad bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) today. If you can call Congress today and ask them not to support SOPA or PROTECT IP, it would take just five minutes but would make a big difference.

If you grew up in a different state or if you can convince your parents to call Congress too, that would really help too. Please reshare wherever you can!

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Facebook confirms it tracks you after you leave. Are you surprised? Via +USA TODAY
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