U.S. Congresswoman Condemns Chinese Attack on Change.org

Linked on our blogs with Change.org. – Published on Change.org/Blog, by Benjamin Joffe-Walt, April 26, 2011.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) asks U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to denounce attacks on the U.S.-based social action platform Change.org after a campaign by famous art museums calling for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s release went globally viral on the site … //

… Last week Chinese hackers launched a highly sophisticated cyber-attack on the US-based social action platform after more than 90,000 people in 175 countries endorsed an online call for the release of internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, an increasingly outspoken critic of the Chinese government. The petition now has more than 120,000 signatures.

Rep. DeLauro urged Sec. Clinton “to condemn this attack on Change.org and call on the Chinese government to take swift action to ensure that this attack and others like it in the future are stopped swiftly and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.” 

“I believe this attack on Change.org from outside of the United States is an attack on Americans’ fundamental right to free speech and another example of the Government of China’s intent to restrain human rights,” she wrote in a letter to Sec. Clinton. “The American public rightly expects protection from foreign cyber-attacks against digital communications.  As millions of Americans regularly use the Internet to engage in the political process, it is vital that we strive to protect online services, which facilitate open debate.”

The ongoing attack, which temporarily brought down Change.org at intermittent periods over the past week, follows the viral success of a Change.org petition calling for Ai Weiwei’s release by leading global art museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Modern, London, as well as the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Change.org asked the U.S. State Department and FBI for help within hours of the attack. The State Department has condemned previous attacks on U.S. companies like Google. Change.org has formally requested Sec. Clinton’s office to issue a statement about the attacks on the leading social action platform …

Download the letter from Rep. DeLauro to Sec. Clinton.

(full text).


Again these links for Petitions fo free Ai Wei Wei: on Change.org Call for the Release of Ai WeiWei, on Imagine Peace, 09 Apr 2011, on Lightstalkers.org, on ArtInfo, (see also in the air), and on Google Web-search;

San Francisco-based social justice site Change.org under hacker attack, by Ari Burack and Will Reisman, April 26, 2011;

America on the brink of a Second Revolution, on Market Watch/(the Wall Street Journal), by Paul B. Farrell, Sept. 28, 2010.

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