A host of internet companies took out this full-page ad in the New York times opposing the measure:
|View more readable version on Boing Boing, here.|
Importantly, but unsurprisingly at this point, no civil rights proponents are being permitted to testify. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a collected many of the arguments as to why this bill is insanely bad. Among them, the bill would:
- impose liabilities on internet companies in a way that will severely discourage innovation and impact job creation.
- damage the ability for free speech.
- effectively hamstring the internet worldwide, not just in the US.
- impose the type of censorship that we routinely condemn in repressive regimes around the world.
On point four, here's video of Joe Biden explaining why internet censorship laws exactly like this one are really bad, un-American even.
(via Boing Boing.)
You can send e-mail to your Representative and Senators opposing the bill by going here.