osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Harry Potter and Network Neutrality

This apparently went out to the Harry Potter Alliance. Harry Potter and Telecom Policy, two great tastes that go great together! I wonder if I can get into the Order of the Phoenix?

Cedric Diggory is murdered but the Daily Prophet refuses to post the truth about his death. Harry wants people to know the truth but aside from a tabloid paper that no one trusts, he has few places to turn.

Had Harry been in our world, he could have had his very own blog. On that blog, he could have posted the truth about what he witnessed in the graveyard.

And why is this?

Because Lucius Malfoy does not own the Internet. In our world, any one who has a voice can be heard online, not only those with money and power. You and I have a voice and that voice can be heard.

But all of that is about to change unless we do something about it and fast!

Attack of the Malfoys!
Big companies like Verizon and AT&T don't see the magic in our hearts, our minds, and our souls. They only see us as potential dollars signs...consumers who will pay them. And like Lucius Malfoy, they dont like that on the Internet, we are free.

They want to change the rules so that the Internet favors only companies with money. In other words, if you're NBC and you have tons of money, people can get to your web site super fast. But if you're a Wizard Rock band or a comedy group or a blogger and don't have much money, they are going to make it so slow for people to upload your site that no one will visit.

And suddenly, the people with a lot of money and power (like Lucius Malfoy) will start controlling what is seen and heard on the Internet the way that Malfoy controlled what was seen and heard in the Daily Prophet.

These companies are attacking our freedom to express ourselves, to express the magic in us, by using their power to pressure Congress people into overturning a law called Net Neutrality. But we can stop this from happening if we show our Congress people how much we care!

Now is your chance to fight for Dumbledore's Army. But we have to come together RIGHT NOW!

Today and tomorrow people all over the country will be holding events to show their Senators (who are all in their hometowns for August recess) how much they care about protecting Internet freedom and preserving Net Neutrality. We need YOU at these meetings, especially if you're a young person. We need young faces at these events to show our Senators that the youth of America care about the freedom to express themselves.

To find an event near you, go here.

Please remember that it doesn't matter what political party you belong to! Right now is a beautiful moment: leaders from MoveOn on the left and leaders from the Christian Coaltion on the right are coming together, putting their differences aside, and working to protect our rights. On that note, please keep in mind that the Harry Potter Alliance is not a partisan organization. We only fight for the magic of love that is inside of us to be free and for a world that encourages that freedom. As brave Republicans and Democrats in Congress are fighting for a free Internet, we need to show them our support. Once more, go here to find an event near you.

But if you can't make it to an event, at the very least, go here, find your Congress person and write them a letter.

If you have any questions about events or ways that you can get involved in this issue, write an email to press@freepress.net -- I have spoken with them and they have promised to respond to your questions and comments quickly!

Thank you, each and every one of you. You are all beautiful and together we are making the world beautiful. Now let's get to our local event (and please report back to the Alliance to let us know how it was!).

Thanks once more, Fight On, and May the Fawkes Be With You,

Andrew Slack
Harry Potter Alliance

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