January 18: Internet Freedom Day

Friday, January 17, 2014
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By Laura Tribe January 18 marks the anniversary of a widespread internet blackout in protest of SOPA, the proposed U.S. legislation that threatened free expression online under the auspice of protecting intellectual property rights and combating digital piracy. Among internet freedom activists, the day has been adopted as “Internet Freedom Day” – an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our freedom of expression. Despite what an important victory it was to prevent this particular legislation’s passage however, threats to free expression online remain as prevalent as ever. From censorship to digital surveillance, the past year has highlighted just how critical it is that we not take these rights for granted and continue to stand up for our freedom. As a part of the campaign to mark the day, people are invited to post content online that they hope will never be censored, and contact their government representatives to demand continued action to protect free expression. Join CJFE and organizations around the world and take part in defending our free expression rights online.

Here are a few activities to help you celebrate Internet Freedom Day

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