HUGE: Chamber of Commerce lashes out at Demand Progress #internet #p2 #ows #petition

1 Nov
How can you be sure that your cause is righteous?  One sure-fire way:  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lashes out against you.
More than 100,000 Demand Progress members emailed Congress in opposition to the Internet Blacklist Bill last week — and we’re proud to say that, in response, the Chamber of Commerce just launched an attack against Demand Progress.
Will you click here to chip in 5, 10, or 20 bucks so we can keep fighting back against big business’s attempts to censor the Internet — Unlike the Chamber of Commerce, we’re not bankrolled by big business interests.

They’re terrified of the popular uprising against their censorship legislation.  So in a remarkably glib post, the Chamber writes:

First up is Demand Progress. Before they even saw the House bill, they started calling it the “New Internet Blacklist Bill.” Blacklist?  That sounds pretty bad. But before we get carried away, let’s take a look at the actual language of the actual legislation. Can YOU find a blacklist? No? Can you find a list of ANY kind? No?

We’ve got to give them credit: In their wisdom the authors of the Internet Blacklist Bill refrained from inserting the terms ‘Blacklist,’ ‘censorship,’ or ‘Great Firewall Of China’ into the text of their legislation. 
But that’s why Demand Progress exists: To illuminate the corporatists’ propensity for censorship, doublespeak, and plain old BS.  
Will you click here to chip in 5, 10, or 20 bucks so we can keep fighting back against big business’s attempts to censor the Internet — we need your support to meet payroll each month.

As EFF notes:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users’ attempts to reach certain websites’ URLs.

Or, in other words, these sites would be BLACKLISTED.  And the bill goes even further — undermining other sites’ abilities to continue to operate by choking off their access to financial resources. 
Please consider donating 5, 10, or 20 bucks so we can keep calling out the corporate interests that are trying to censor the Internet — we rely on our members, not big businesses, to keep up our work.

Thanks so so much,

The Demand Progress team

 

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