Public Sentiment

Public sentiment for the current state of internet censorship within the United States is relatively positive with negative public focus more on the Great Firewall of China and proposed similar filtering in the European Union. The average citizen either recognizes the need or accepts censoring of child pornography and understands complaints filed under the DMCA. Several motions to further the state of filtering have, however, triggered public outrage. In 2008, a permanent injunction was filed against the Wikileaks web address, making access through its www.wikileaks.org address impossible. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending freedom in the networked world, quickly defended Wikileaks and the injunction was later lifted. A recent bill drawing major attention is the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which allows the Attourney General to take down websites suspected of performing infringement activities. The bill raised public alarm, as it would give the Department of Justice much more power over web sites' contents. The bill was halted in the Senate, but rewritten into the Protect IP Act, which was introduced on May 12, 2011. Many organizations are currently opposing this act, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and large corporations such as Google, Yahoo, Ebay, and American Express.

The United States government, while still employing regulation of the internet, ultimately uses very minimal actual filtering, and there are many organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Global Internet Liberty Campagin, Digital Future Coalition, and others that keep vigilance against attempts to increase governmental control of the internet.