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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Hearing/Press Conf on Federal Lawsuit Seeking Injunction Against the Implementation of National Defense Authorization Act
At 9:00 AM this Thursday, March 29th at the Southern District of New York Federal Courthouse, multiple plaintiffs will testify in support of a worldwide lawsuit against the United States government over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, also known as the “Homeland Battlefield” law, permanently suspends due process and Habeas Corpus for persons accused by the federal government of being involved in hostilities against the United States, or being an “associated force” of terrorists.
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Thursday, February 02, 2012
Internet VS Lamar Smith, Round Two: Demand Progress Takes On Snooping Bill, HR 1981
Fresh off of a hard-fought victory against SOPA and PIPA, Demand Progress and its million-plus members are taking on appalling snooping legislation which is awaiting a floor vote in the House of Representatives. HR 1981, introduced by SOPA author Lamar Smith, would require Internet Service Providers to capture information about all of their users -- ranging from sites they've visited to credit card numbers -- and store it for at least 18 months. The bi-partisan legislation passed through Smith's House Judiciary Committee in 2011.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
More Than 100K Americans Ask President Obama to Pledge to Veto SOPA/PIPA
Internet users continue to express their outrage at the near-passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act. In less than 24 hours as of last evening, more than 110,000 Americans had emailed the White House to urge President Obama to commit to vetoing the bills if they should make it through Congress.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Federal Government Indicts Former Demand Progress Executive Director For Downloading Too Many Journal Articles
Moments ago, Aaron Swartz, former executive director and founder of Demand Progress, was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many scholarly journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading said articles is actually felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison. "This makes no sense," said Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal; "it's like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library."
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Friday, July 15, 2011
More Than 150,000 Americans Speak Out Against "Ten Strikes" Senate Bill
Demand Progress announced that more than 150,000 Americans have emailed their Senators to urge them to oppose S.978, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in June.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Obama Administration Pushes Internet Freedom Abroad While Urging Crack-Down At Home
The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. The United States this month signed on to a statement praising a pro-Internet freedom report by the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, even as the U.S. pushes new domestic laws and regulations to censor the Internet, restrict users' Internet access, and criminalize more online activities.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Demand Progress Spills the Beans on Comcast/AT&T/Verizon Anti Net-Neutrality 'Three Strikes' Plan
Entertainment industry sources are leaking that they've convinced Internet service providers to start restricting people's web access. If users are accused of downloading or streaming three files ISPs will consider disrupting those users' Internet connections -- and maybe even decide what sites they're allowed to visit.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Senate Advances Measure to Criminalize Common Internet Uses
On Friday, Demand Progress decried Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "10 Strikes" legislation (S.978), calling on the U.S. Senate to slow down their hasty efforts to pass flawed anti-piracy legislation this session. The 10 Strikes bill would make streaming of unlicensed copyrighted content a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. As written, the bill would subject internet users who stream content 10 times or more to criminal charges. Potential uses that would be criminalized under Klobuchar's bill are: - Youtube Karaoke - Homemade web videos with music
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Coalition Emerges to Oppose Internet Censorship Bill
Reflecting the growing concern over Sen. Leahy's Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), dozens of organizations now oppose the legislation. This comes amid new criticism over PIPA's censorship provisions from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times editorial boards. Both publications questioned the overly broad scope of the bill in editorials last week.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Momentum Growing: More Than 3,000 Demand Progress Members Call House and Senate, Urge Rejection of Internet Censorship Bill
Momentum against Senator Patrick Leahy's PROTECT IP Act is snowballing, with more than 3,000 Demand Progress members calling their members of the House and Senate to urge them to oppose the Internet censorship legislation. The calls were made in front of today's Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the legislation. The legislation would force internet service providers, search engines, and other "information location tools" to blacklist websites accused of copyright infringement and block Americans' access to them.
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