As cynical as I am when it comes to lawmakers and internet policies, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Her Majesty’s Government not only states that they’re open to online petitions, they actually have an entire site dedicated to letting people create their own and, thank God, there’s one based around preventing ACTA (link here).
Of course, the million-pound question is the same as it always is for these sorts of things: Is it actually going to work? Well, considering that almost fifteen thousand people have signed it so far, it should get their attention for a few seconds and taking action in anything is always better than sitting around moping about what could be, so I for one believe that if this is spread around more and enough people get on board to push it into the six or seven-digit figures, then I reckon it’ll have the potential for real change. So, yes, I am encouraging you to sign it and spread it around, but that’s not all I’d advise in regards to stopping it.
Taking a leaf out of That Guy With The Glasses‘ book in how they encouraged their viewers to write to their senators and congressmen to warn them about the dangers of SOPA, I believe it may be in the British people’s interests to inform their local MP’s about ACTA and the incredibly detrimental effect this misguided law could have on the internet and trade.
And, since this is another heavy post, let me lighten the tone by informing you that I intend to upload some more Deceit x Justice footage soon.
I wonder if I could do some sort of reward scheme here… A new videos for every hundred new signatures? Just please refrain from putting your name as “James Bond” or “Bruce Wayne”, or that’ll just give them even more reason to think that we nerds aren’t capable of thinking sensibly.