While we only entered the year 2019 for a few days, already shit has hit the fan. The European Union attempts to censor the internet with 2 new initiatives called Article 11 and Article 13.
On the streets these 2 articles are called Acta 2. Why? Because they will have legal implications that will change the internet as we know it. Not only will they include an “upload filter” to block copyrighted (or unwanted) content from being uploaded on the internet, it will also be impossible to link to source material, including educational content.
Article 13 is built to make the website owner responsible for the content the users post on websites, effectively forcing website owners to move behind an upload filter to protect themselves against huge claims by copyright owners. Article 11 might be even worse. It is called the “link tax” article, where linking to copyrighted material is taxed upon. Imagine linking to a new article because you want to have a discussion about it? Impossible, you now need to pay.
This is something that will destroy our internet. And we cannot accept it. So we are fighting back. Activists, hacktivists and pirates are now uniting under the banner of StopACTA2.
Anonymous Bites Back is in full support of the (street) protests against these Orwellian moves to censor the internet. We have had several episodes about this subject already, and we plan to join the protesters on the street and broadcast live to our network.
We urgently ask you to do everything in your power to support the StopACTA movement, that is coordinated by the Polish StopACTA2 crew and the crew of Anonymous Worldwide. Show the powers that be that the internet belongs to the people. And that we are those people. You, we, everyone. And not the corporations or the power hungry.
The first wave of street protests are planned for January 19, 2019, all over Europe. In at least 20 different cities protests are being planned and prepared.
Do you want to learn more? Ready to help?
Visit the site: http://stopacta2.org
The site has got a full list of the existing protest locations. Are you an experienced organizer? Then contact [email protected] for any information, or if you want to start your own protest.
Now is the time to rise up. Before it is too late.