Internet 1, SOPA 0 (or, the Internet defends the Internet)
Posted on January 15th, 2012 by Craig Newmark
Looks like the Internet is winning a battle against some really bad potential law.
To me, "the Internet" means the people who use it; the systems, not so important.
The bad law: SOPA and PROTECT-IP, which supposedly address real needs, but in practice, are means by which bad actors (with lots of money and lawyers) can take sites down. They talk about oversight to prevent abuse, but … I've been in customer service for around seventeen years, and there are always loopholes which enable abuse.
For what you can do:
- General stuff via craigslist
- Good advice from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- The reddit/PCCC petition
… and please think about how you, as part of the Internet, can contribute to the common good, and think about how that can become part of what you do every day. Thanks!