If you follow tech news at all, you’ve probably noticed an awful lot of discussion about net neutrality and/or reclassifying broadband lately. Hell, you may have heard something about it even if you don’t follow tech news. Why? Because it’s actually a pretty big deal.
Attention webizens… today is the launch that the Internet Defense League. In their own words: “When the internet’s in danger and we need millions of people to act, the League will ask its members to broadcast an action. (Say, a prominent message asking everyone to call their elected leaders.) With the combined reach of our websites and social networks, we can be massively more effective than any one organization.”
A lot of people on the net lately have been pushing the idea that CISPA is the new SOPA. That may be overstating things a bit, but it doesn’t change the fact that CISPA is yet another bad piece of legislation penned by people who seem to have no clue about how the internet works.
Last week, the internet spoke out against the SOPA and PIPA legislation in Congress. The result was that both bills were shelved for the time being. But since then, something new has popped up on the techie radar.
Opposition of the SOPA legislation has become a lot more vocal over the past week or so… largely owing to the upcoming SOPA Blackout Day on January 18. At the same time, I’ve noticed a trend. People who oppose SOPA are being accused of wanting to protect piracy.
For those keeping up with tech news, the internet is gearing up for a fight. Beginning with Reddit.com, serveral sites have pledged to go dark on January 18 in protest of SOPA and PIPA, the internet blacklist legislation currently making there way through Congress.
There’s a huge amount of opposition for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from the public, which has resulted in delays of voting, numerous amendments, and a lengthy hearing process. All of which is good, because SOPA is an awful piece of legislation.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, if you’re in the tech industry odds are you’ve heard of PIPA and SOPA, currently making their way through the Senate and the House, respectively.