This grassroots campaign for online intellectual freedom brought to you by:
* American Civil Liberties Union *
Center for Democracy & Technology *
* Electronic Frontier Foundation * Electronic Privacy Information Center *
* Internet Action Group * Voters' Telecommunications Watch *
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EFF and other civil liberties groups ask that a blue ribbon be worn or displayed to show support for the essential human right of free speech. This fundamental building block of free society, affirmed by the U.S. Bill of Rights in 1791, and by the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, has been sacrificed in the 1996 Telecom Bill.
The Blue Ribbon will be a way to raise awareness of these issues, from locally to globally, and for the quiet voice of reason to be heard.
The voice of reason knows that free speech doesn't equate to sexual harassment, abuse of children, or the breeding of hatred or intolerance.
We insist that any material that's legal in bookstores, newspapers, or public libraries must be legal online.
See immediately below for info on how to get Blue Ribbon
graphics for your WWW pages: Join the Blue Ribbon
Internet Free Speech
movement - the grassroots campaign for online intellectual freedom!
NOTE: You do NOT need to ask for permission to use these graphics. They are public domain, created either by EFF, or by people who have voluntarily donated new icons to the collection.
If you would like to point your Blue Ribbon icon at EFF's Blue Ribbon page (the page you are reading now), you can add this HTML Anchor to your homepage (or a similar one, pointing to another Blue Ribbon Site).
Many other versions are available, including borderless, transparent, grey and black backrounds, smaller versions, an outline version, and a textless version for incorporation into larger banners (as a standalone icon, please use the versions with text, so people have some idea that there IS a Blue Ribbon Campaign and what it is about when they first encounter it - not everyone has a color monitor, so the verbal name of the campaign is important to pass around.) Thank you for your support and activism, and remember - it's YOUR rights you are fighting for! Wear a real blue ibbon, so people ask you what it's all about.
If you are not sure why you need to participate in the Blue Ribbon
Campaign and stand up
for your free speech, or uncertain how your rights are threatened,
please see our
Internet Censorship Legislation Alerts Page
NET Party catches the government itself violating the CDA
And, to get back to being serious, a Christian book publisher proves, in
case people have forgotten, that most religious people and institutions
are not censorsious theocrats. Wanting to hone in on a paricular point,
Zondervan Publishing House has created a derivative of the Blue Ribbon
Campaign: the Green Ribbon
Campaign for Responsibility in Free Speech. Their introductory page
says, in part, "the right to free speech is one of the most important and
fundamental rights of liberty....We support the right to free speech in
all its forms. We also call for responsibility in exercising this right",
without demanding censorship. Nice to see people advocating that
*individuals* learn to act responsibily, instead of demanding that
governments force everyone into someone else's moral suit.