by Trevor Timm | Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 18, 2013: One year ago today, Internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in Internet history, flooding Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—a dangerous bill that would have . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: A Year After SOPA, A Look At The Next 5 Battles For Internet Freedom
Around the world governments are trying to restrain the ability of people to freely share information across the internet. Bills like SOPA in the USA and Bill C-30 in Canada to the more recent TPP all focus on propping up old media monopolies and curtailing people’s privacy and communication rights. The most effective and extreme . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Declaration of Internet Freedom
Look for the latest charge to appear soon on your Bell, Rogers, Telus, (or MTS, or SaskTel) bill by next year when Vic Toews Bill C-30 comes into effect. It may not be labeled as such, but you can think of the price increase as the “Child Predator Tax”. The misnamed “Lawful Access” cum “Protecting . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Child Predator Tax
Watch, gentle readers, what happens when elite interests are not given priority. The outcry, the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the injustice of it all. The MPAA CEO Chris Dodd called out the irresponsible websites – Wikipedia, Reddit etc on their egregious behaviour:
“A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Internet Blackout – nothing but Hyperbole and a PR Stunt according to the MPAA
Sums It Up Quite Nicely. | Image from The Guardian.co.uk
18 U.S. Senators have withdrawn their support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) due to an overwhelmingly negative online reaction, including a Google petition that garnered over 4.5M signatures and the Wikipedia-led blackout of over 7,000 popular websites.
Here in Canada, Bill . . . → Read More: the reeves report: SOPA delayed, but Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act carries on
Many of us – and that number was shown to be in the tens of millions – who believe that the Internet ought to be a fundamentally free and private place felt something of a sense of shared solidarity at the mass Internet protest that resulted in Congressional and Senate leaders pulling their SOPA/PIPA bills . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Lessons from Full Tilt Poker and MegaUpload
This graphic speaks for itself eh? The day before and the day after the internet revolution.
Then Wednesday happened, and suddenly everyone seemed to understand how serious this was. Wikipedia went dark, and the country wailed; we realized how much we have come to depend on the crowdsourced encyclopedia. Google hung a black sash . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Me, SOPA, and the Internet Revolution
On Wednesday, the Internet won resoundingly against censorship. A grassroots-style online campaign torpedoed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) an intended internet killing law before the US Congress. And yet, this is not the victory to …Read More
Yesterday you probably noticed that most of your favourite websites were down yesterday or had a notice up warning you about two bills in front of the American government. Those bills are SOPA and PIPA and essentially if these bills pass the internet would be all but dead to American citizens and beyond!
Here’s a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Why We Went Down Yesterday
My daughter just sent me this link. After reading a few of the comments, I couldn’t help but remember Charlton Heston’s famous line from the original Planet of the Apes:
“Look on the bright side: if this is the best they’ve got around here, in six months, we’ll be running this planet.” Recommend this . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: If This Is The Best They’ve Got…
As someone who loves the web, and needs it, even with its problems, I really hope you guys in the States can stop SOPA. Here’s The Oatmeal’s take on it:
Want to help in the fight against SOPA / PIPA? First, go learn about the bills. After that go contact your elected officials. Wikipedia . . . → Read More: The Skwib: Joining the SOPA bandwagon
http://sopastrike.com/ Image by A Creative Revolution (H/T Dawg’s Blawg)
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act being proposed by the US Congress. It is an overbearing, industry sponsored piece of legislation that, in effect, holds internet culture hostage in the name of copyright.
Among its worst outcomes, websites will be held legally responsible for copyright infringement of any websites they link to . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Art Threat will go dark for SOPA Strike