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Wyden Again Halts the Internet Censorship Bill

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet. On Thursday he placed a hold on PIPA (formerly COICA) a new bill that would "muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth."

PIPA would give the government the power to force Internet service providers, search engines,...

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The First Rule of the Internet Blacklist Bill: Don't Talk About the Internet Blacklist Bill

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 1:52 PM

Last year, when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) proposed a bill creating an Internet blacklist of sites Americans weren't allowed to visit (The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act), the response was fast and furious. Over 300,000 people signed Demand Progress's petition against the bill, joining dozens of human rights activists...

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Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, But Will the Patriot Act Live On?

(6) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 12:23 PM

The Patriot Act is (again) up for renewal this month. Now remember, it was initially enacted as a supposedly temporary measure in the wake of 9-11, but more and more of it keeps getting made permanent and the rest has been continually extended for the past decade. With...

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The Secret Plot to Censor the Internet -- And How You Can Stop It

(18) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 9:45 AM

The Internet blacklist bill that we've been fighting since September is back.

We're defending the Internet against a multi-pronged attack by the big business lobby. The entertainment industry, garment manufacturers, and even big pharmaceutical companies -- who want to shut down websites that sell medicine to your grandparents...

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The Chamber of Commerce's Agenda: Killing Net Neutrality and Censoring the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 12:56 AM

With Aaron Swartz

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's attempt to throw next week's elections is cause for widespread alarm -- their agenda includes privatizing social security, undoing worker and consumer rights, blocking environmental protections, keeping banking regulations loose, and stymieing important health care reforms.

You can help Demand Progress...

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New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Disaffiliates from National: Let's Make it the First of Many

(19) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 3:16 AM

The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce has had enough: It's so fed up with the shameless politicking that's being done in its name that it disaffiliated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

Will you help make sure it's the first of many...

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Will We Finally Get a Seat at the Table? Help Pick a Replacement for Larry Summers

(48) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 11:15 AM

David Segal and Aaron Swartz

An elitist, technocratic multi-millionaire who disdains dissent and made a fortune on Wall Street, Larry Summers typifies that which ails the Democratic Party. For the last two years he's served as director of President Obama's National Economic Council where he's been in charge of coordinating...

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The Real Problem With Waiting for "Superman"

(36) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 1:08 PM

Waiting for "Superman", in case you haven't heard, is the hot new film from Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim. While his last film capitalized on liberal guilt over destroying our planet (and maybe voting for Ralph Nader?), "Superman" (yes, the film is weirdly insistent on those unnecessary quotation marks) is...

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Hollywood Strikes Back: Join 100,000 Others in Fight Against Internet Blacklist

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 10:16 AM

Remember that Internet blacklist bill we told you about a few days ago? More than 100,000 people have already signed our petition against it and Hollywood is feeling the heat! The bill was set for a vote in a supposedly gridlocked Congress just 10 short days...

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