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The future of internet freedom left in the dark



The future of internet freedom left in the dark
Opponents of the US web regulations that inspired the Wikipedia blackout have some pretty illiberal tendencies, too.


Nathalie Rothschild, Spiked Magazine, 18 January 2012

SOPA and PIPA are indeed anathema to the age of Web 2.0, which is characterised by user-generated content. A site like Wikipedia, for instance, relies on users uploading, editing and monitoring content and the site’s creation and success would have been far less likely if SOPA/PIPA had been in place. In that sense, the 24-hour internet strike sends a powerful message about what would happen if the pro-SOPA/PIPA lobby got their way: sections of the web would simply black out, disappear from view.



But:


….the acceptance of the concept of a ‘rogue’ website indicates that the tech giants do not oppose, in principle, the rolling out of government clampdowns on the web.


…Other SOPA opponents have taken the liberty to shut down websites that they don’t like in the name of stopping the government from shutting down websites it doesn’t approve of.



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January 25, 2012 - Posted by | PIPA, SOPA

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