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An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress

An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress

15 December 2011

Today, a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills that are under consideration in the House and Senate respectively.

The US government has regularly claimed that it supports a free and open Internet, both domestically and abroad. We cannot have a free and open Internet unless its naming and routing systems sit above the political concerns and objectives of any one government or industry. To date, the leading role the US has played in this infrastructure has been fairly uncontroversial because America is seen as a trustworthy arbiter and a neutral bastion of free expression. If the US begins to use its central position in the network for censorship that advances its political and economic agenda, the consequences will be far-reaching and destructive.

See also:

The Revolt Against Congress’s New Internet Piracy Proposals

Larry Downes, Forbes, 28 November 2011

December 18, 2011 Posted by | COICA, E-PARASITE Act, Internet, Internet censorship, internet engineers, Internet filtering, PIPA, SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act | , , , , , | Leave a comment