Take Action :STOP.THINK.CONNECT : Submission Deadline Feb 14th 2011

God bless the censors for pitching this ridiculously co-optable meme.

This is an easy way to Challenge Power With Truth, using their own tools and words against them.

From the official website
“Stop. Think. Connect.” is a simple, actionable message for online safety, and it applies to everyone. A coalition of government, industry and nonprofit organizations chose “Stop. Think. Connect.” as the first unified message for online safety after extensive research – a yearlong endeavor that included focus groups, opinion polling, and government-industry collaboration.

Challenge Deadline

The Challenge kicks off on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 12:01 p. m. ET and ends on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Department is looking for public service announcements that are directed towards any of the following audiences:
Teenagers (13-17)
Young Adults (18-24)
Parents of Teenagers
Older Americans
How to Enter

Upload the Video to the DHS Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/DHSEngage in response to White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt’s video. NOTE: This is the only way we will accept submissions.
The Video must be either thirty (30) seconds or sixty (60) seconds long and comply with the Web site terms, conditions, and policies at www.youtube.com to be eligible to win.
The PSA Challenge will accept submissions from all entities, including individuals, classes, schools, clubs, teams, public or private sector groups, etc. If you are under the age of 18, please get approval from a parent or guardian before participating in the Challenge.
Requirements and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions must meet the following requirements to be considered:
First and foremost, PSAs must be creative and innovative!
PSAs must either be 60 seconds in length or 30 seconds in length. It’s up to you to decide, or you can submit one in each length.
PSAs must include the message Stop. Think. Connect.
PSAs must include at least one of the following Internet safety tips:
Keep a Clean Machine
Protect Your Personal Information
Connect with Care
Be Web Wise
Be A Good Online Citizen
Videos must be QuickTime/MOV, WMV, MPEG or AVI and submitted to the Stop. Think. Connect PSA Challenge on YouTube.
Videos must be suitable for use as promotional materials for the Department of Homeland Security or any other State, Local or Federal Agency. This means no profanity, violence, defamatory statements, or nudity, no invading the privacy rights of any person or entity, and no promotion of services, products, or partisan political or religious objectives.
Videos must be original creations. No copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in the Video.
Videos previously produced for compensation are not eligible.
Videos may not display the Department of Homeland Security seal or logo.
Videos may be no larger than 50 MB.
If selected as a winner, you must provide the Department of Homeland Security with an original video file.
Videos must either be captioned by the author, or use the Google auto-captioning service. All moderated videos will be captioned. Information regarding Google auto-captioning service can be found at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6jXPpqVPVI. In addition, the winning video submitter may be required to provide text transcript of spoken information for use in final captioning for government posting.
Employees of the Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to participate in the Stop. Think Connect PSA Challenge. However, employees’ families and Department of Homeland Security contract personnel may participate provided that their participation does not raise an actual or apparent conflict of interest, which shall be determined by the Department of Homeland Security at its discretion.

"The research, conducted by Heart + Mind Strategies, revealed that consumers are concerned about their own personal online security and safety – and are ready to learn. They crave personal control and positive reinforcement that online safety is something they can personally manage, and they seek information that’s actionable and easy to understand.
While they feel taking action to be more safe and secure online is important for themselves and their family, THEY ALSO FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT AS A GLOBAL CITIZEN: THAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS MAKE THE ONLINE COMMUNITY SAFER FOR EVERYONE ELSE AROUND THE WORLD".

I know what you mean!

Maybe some brave and creative soul could even remix this uh…video.

Yours in Truth