Read This! How You Can Fight For A Free Internet!

What an exciting time we are living in! It’s one where the people of the planet, internet users everywhere, can rise up, make their voices heard and change the world! The legislative precipice we’ve been perched on lately, one that could make our free internet drastically more controlled, is quickly losing support. Fight for the Future, creators of the massively popular video below about SOPA and PIPA summed up yesterday’s internet blackout the best

Defend Our Freedom to Share (why SOPA is a bad idea)

If you are a regular reader of Visual News, you may have noticed that today we participated in what is turning out to be the largest ever internet blackout in history… a protest symbolically showing what the internet could look like if the proposed PIPA or SOPA bills pass in the US Congress. The massive voluntary shutdown garnered attention just about everywhere and was participated in by behemoth sites the likes of Craigslist, Reddit and Wikipedia. So what does PIPA and SOPA mean for our shareable internet world, and why should you sign this online letter to congress? Below, Clay Shirky delivers a brilliant talk at the TED offices, challenging us to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share in the digital world.

Music And Mass Revolution In Libya

In times of great turmoil musicians find inspiration in the moment and attempt to capture the state of political unrest and put the revolution to music and art. In Libya, there’s no exception. MC Swat, 23, is a lyricist who’s been writing blistering lyrics against the Gaddafi regime since the uprising began in February.

Chinese Artist Detained. Here is His TED Film.

Last months TED conference featured a moving film about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei highlighting his treatment by the government, social change, the power of social media and Weiwei’s hopes for the future of China. Now he has been detained by authorities which has prompted concern from TED HQ and the global community.

Mouth Zipped Shut

Whether you consider Julian Assange to be a hero or a traitor, or something in between, we do know that the Wikileaks controversy has tremendous implications for the future of journalism and the freedom of speech itself.