Ugh ok I know I NEVER go on about causes and good effort things BUT! this is SO important and if you're reading this on the internet, which unless you print off your blogs to read later, you are, then this affects you.
Basically, this wednesday coming, the European Parliament are voting on 'the Telecoms Package', which, if voted in favour of, will mean internet providers will be able to block whatever websites they want, effectively destroying the freedoms of the internet. It will be like when you're at school or an office and you go to some site and its all 'nu-uhh! You aren't allowed to look at that!!', which I am sure you have experienced at some point and know how infuriating it is. Imagine that in your house!! And it won't be like, no animal porn, or even no torrents or limewire, it will be whatever the ISPs decide on. If you have internet from BT, for instance, they might decide you can't use Skype or MSN. You will no longer decide what you want from the internet.
SO. The only real way any of us can affect this is to try to show the people voting for this, our MEP's, that we're firmly against this, and why. There's a bunch of ways you can contact your MEPs, there's these websites where you can find info about your MPs and MEPs. There are loads of template emails you COULD send but I tried to send something like that via theyworkforyou and it didn't let me, and to be honest, it doesn't really make that much sense to basically spam someone to try to get a message across. I am writing to them (immediately after this infact) in my own words and am going to explain how it would affect me and why they should vote against the Telecoms Package. I urge you to do the same.
If you don't live in Europe, I don't exactly know what you would be able to do, though as email addresses aren't country specified, I guess you could email them too if you wanted to. Bear in mind if this thing goes through it would affect the whole world and also set a very dangerous precident to other governments.
This whole thing is so scary to me!! I literally have a sick-feeling about it all. Please please please do your part to keep the internet free from corporations' restrictions! Net neutrality is so easy to take for granted, but once it's gone, it will be gone forever.
(I've written to my MP before via theyworkforyou.com, which is run by the same people, and got a personal letter back from them, so they do read them (amazingly!))
Ok please do what you can!