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If you write software, or are interested in technology and political change, you should read this:

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In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders -
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One of the most important decisions in a democratic country is about to get made. In 4 hours at 8:30am GMT, there will be a debate in the UK House of Commons about whether to amend the US-UK extradition treaty, and the conditions of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

This will severely affect whether or not the UK extradites Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, to Sweden which will inevitably result in his extradition to the US on trumped-up charges of "espionage".

If Julian Assange is convicted of "espionage" for releasing leaked government documents in an identical manner that the Pentagon Papers were released, it could have dire consequences for Journalists, freedom of speech, and the rule of law.

Here's the article about tomorrow's vote:

Here is general information from Wikileaks:

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At #OccupyWallStreet in Oakland, a protester hit in the face by an exploding tear gas canister at close range, which has the potential to be fatal. As others attempt to help him, a cop fires another canister into the small crowd. After the aforementioned victim fails to reply to calls for his name, or reply to anything at all, people start screaming "MEDIC!".

Seems reminiscent of a war zone.
Oakland PD leaves Iraq Veteran Scott Olsen in CRITICAL CONDITION

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The police are "stabbing" students with batons, and after taking several brutal hits the front-line of students actually stand their ground, including some small women as well. That's pretty brave of them.

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Rap sheet of American police brutality during the #OccupyWallStreet movement. This is what a police state is made of:

Please re-share this on G+, Facebook and Twitter.

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Fox News interviews an #OccupyWallStreet protester, which for obvious reasons, never aired.

The police have been fencing off Broad St. and Wall St. in New York for over two weeks now. There are always 24-hour guards on Wall St, apparently since September 11, 2001, but there have been actual police guarding the street all day and night for these two weeks as well. Not much was going on yesterday, we'll see what happens. #occupywallstreet
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