ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, and around 37 other countries.
Like SOPA & PIPA, ACTA will require Interenet Service Providers (ISP) to monitor all activity internet activity. This means that your internet provider like Comcast will be watching everything you do online, to ensure there is no "copyright infringement." ACTA also is very broadly written and does not specify what "infringement" can include.
This is just another way for Censorship to be forced upon citizens of the world, and for the content of the internet to be filtered. This goes completely against your 1st Amendment rights of free speech as American citizens.
ACTA is even worse though; once enforced, lawmakers can do nothing to change it. U.S. Congresmale Darrell Issa says "...But once implemented, it creates a whole new enfrocement system and will virtually tie the hands of Congress to undo it."
|Members of Poland's Parliament protest ACTA hold up Guy Fawkes masks|
Article on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2012/01/27/amid-acta-outcy-politicians-don-anonymous-guy-fawkes-masks/
Here's an introductory video, take the time to watch it, its simplified:
Another great video: