Congress has a plan to change the Internet forever. A bill they're debating right now would give the government power to shut down whole websites, and even let corporations say which websites should be shut down.
That means a
huge corporation could have any website even suspected of violating a
copyright shut down -- no questions asked. The government could then completely block all access to sites as big as Facebook or YouTube if one person posts one thing on those websites that corporations don't want online.
entertainment companies have come out in support of the bill, but
despite swirling rumors, the huge video-gaming company Electronic Arts
(EA) has yet to take an official stance. However, EA is part of the
Entertainment Software Association, one of the big corporate lobbyists
for the bill to censor the Internet -- meaning that if EA came out
against the bill, that would be a serious blow to the people trying to
get it passed.
censorship bill is particularly dangerous, according to advocates,
because it would enable the government to set up the same type of tools
to block online content that are used in repressive regimes around the
world, like China, Iran, and Syria. For the first time, corporations and the government would be able to say what's acceptable to put on the Internet.
companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have come out against the
bill, big movie studios, record companies, and their corporate lobbyists
like the Entertainment Software Association are pushing Congress hard
to pass Internet censorship.
Electronic Arts has millions of customers around the world playing video games like Madden 2012, The Sims, and Scrabble,
and they care deeply about what the public thinks about their company.
If enough people call on EA to oppose the plan to censor the Internet,
they will be forced to come out against the bill. And if EA backs off,
other companies that haven't yet taken a position will certainly think
twice before supporting Congress's plan to censor the Internet.