Saving the Internet From the United States?By: Chris Richardson - April 6, 2012
Earlier this year, when discussing her son, Richard O’Dwyer, and his upcoming extradition to the United States, Julia O’Dwyer blasted the country’s attempt to take control of the Internet in name of “stopping piracy” or whatever other reason they hide behind. From Julia’s perspective, the U.S. does not own the Internet and therefore, should stop trying to get the rest of the world to follow suit with the desires of the American entertainment industry.
Her quote was quite compelling, and to be honest, it’s surprising more European citizens–and leaders–haven’t spoken out against the United States and the attempt of its government, led in large part by entertainment industry dollars, dictating to the rest of the world how the Internet should be controlled. O’Dwyer’s quote, courtesy of WSWS.org:
I don’t know the detail of these laws, but I can see that it’s about America trying to control and police the Internet. Well, it doesn’t belong to them, does it? It’s wrong that America should lay laws down on the Internet for other countries. I don’t think America should rule the world.
It appears as if Julia’s perspective is, in fact, being adopted thanks to the efforts of AVAAZ.org. Their latest cause is titled “Save the Internet from the US,” and its goals are clear: Stop CISPA, aka, SOPA’s New Clothes, from passing:
Right now, the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again.
Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA — and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.
Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let’s stand together once again — and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet!
To facilitate their goals, AVAAZ’ petition page sends a message to members of Congress, explaining the threat CISPA poses to the rest of the world. The petition’s goal is to reach 250,000 signatures, of which, well over 200,000 have been recorded.
All things considered, does AVAAZ and O’Dwyer’s mom have a point? Should the rest of the world take stand against a government that allows some of its members to be led around by the money the entertainment industry provides them? Or does piracy actually pose enough of a threat to turn control of the Internet over the United States government, which, again, has the whispers of Chris Dodd resonating in its collective ear?
Let us know what you think.