Today is a day set aside by Reporters Without Borders as the World Day Against Cyber Censorship. The day is intended to rally people “in support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all.”
If you are in Canada, then you may have already heard about Usage Based Billing (UBB). If not, the major companies that provide Internet Service, read Bell and Rogers, charge their customers per byte. This is not the big controversy, but more the fact that they have applied to the CRTC, the Canadian equivalent of the FCC, to change billing rules for all Internet Service Providers (ISPs), obligating all Internet consumers to pay per byte used. OpenMedia.ca has launched an awareness and letter-writing campaign to allow Canadians to understand the issue and to voice their concern to the federal politicians and the broadcast regulator. Check out http://stopthemeter.ca/ for more in-depth articles and analysis.
and the current champion against censorship is Julian Assange, an Australian national and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. He opines “Wikileaks is a mechanism to maximize the flow of information to maximize the amount of action leading to just reform.” The US government would like to silence WikiLeaks because they have been able to obtain 251,287 confidential diplomatic cables from US embassies around the world. What a massive leak!!
If this information was already known to you, then I apologize for duplicating your knowledge. I include this as part of the Justice Journey as a way for people to be aware of the issue. Censorship has taken place throughout history. I believe that suppression of information leads to misinformation and contributes to rumour and misunderstanding. Limiting access to information is not a smart thing. Even the American Constitution agrees. It is the First Amendment, which protects freedom of the press. Blogging is an expression of freedom of the press. So my challenge to you today: express your freedom.

Sources: http://12mars.rsf.org/en/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange; http://stopthemeter.ca/

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