netwit 2.01

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 | Leave a comment

MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren’t Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought



MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren’t Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought


Mike Masnick, Techdirt, 20 January 2010


link from Mike’s article to his earlier one on Chris Dodd:


Why Chris Dodd Failed With His SOPA/PIPA Strategy


Mike Masnick, Techdirt, 20 January, 2012

January 22, 2012 Posted by | Chris Dodd, MPAA, PIPA, SOPA | , | Leave a comment

Rick Falkvinge: the Swedish radical leading the fight over web freedoms



Rick Falkvinge: the Swedish radical leading the fight over web freedoms


The tech entrepreneur launched the Pirate party to fight online censorship. Now, it is Europe’s fastest growing political group


Carole Cadwalladr, The Observer, Sunday 22 January 2012



January 22, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | , | Leave a comment

The ‘Boycott Sopa’ app and the informed consumer-citizen



The ‘Boycott Sopa’ app and the informed consumer-citizen


An app created by two computer-science students is a ground-breaking example of how technology can empower our choices



January 22, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | Leave a comment

Sopa and Pipa would create a consumption-only internet [Clay Shirkey]



Sopa and Pipa would create a consumption-only internet


You may not care about the US bills aimed at censoring the net but you should – they could stop you participating online again



January 22, 2012 Posted by | PIPA, SOPA | Leave a comment

WordPress asks its 60 millions users to help stop SOPA and PIPA



WordPress asks its 60 millions users to help stop SOPA and PIPA


The Next Web, January 2012


Includes a short but precise video made by FightForTheFuture.org (which labels itself a tech policy non-profit) with more details on PIPA and its downsides.



January 11, 2012 Posted by | PIPA | , | Leave a comment

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