Arizona State University Blocks Popular Online Organizing Site

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Arizona State University Blocks Popular Online Organizing Site

WASHINGTON - Arizona State University is reportedly blocking students’ access to Change.org and to messages from the site to ASU email addresses. A popular website that uses petitions to create social change, Change.org is hosting a petition by ASU students to lower tuition rates. In an explanation given to journalists at student newspaper the State Press, the university suggested that the school blocked the website and related emails because it considered them spam.

Free Press Internet Campaign Director Josh Levy made the following statement:

"We are very concerned that Arizona State University is blocking access to Change.org. The rights of students at ASU to organize, to speak online and to petition the government must be protected. The university should not interfere with students exercising those freedoms or accessing the open Internet. We urge university administrators to stop censoring and to reinstate access to Change.org immediately.”

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