If you look at the top of my blog you’ll see an oddly place rectangle that touts “Stop Censorship.” Depending on your browser dimensions it might be obscuring the whole “logo” as well as a few tabs. What is this all about?
It’s about the American Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Both are American bills that I believe will have a terribly negative effect on the Internet as a whole and especially within America’s borders. Even worse, the bills have a shockingly large amount of congressional support. The loudest (and seemingly only) congressional voice against these bills seems to be Oregon senator Ron Wyden. The strongest voice for the bills is Nevada senator Harry Reid.
I will not attempt to convince you one way or the other about these bills. As an IT worker, you are undoubtedly an autodidact and can easily research and come to your own conclusions in just an evening or two. However, what I would like to bring to your attention is what you can do to oppose this bill if that is the stance that you take.
If you are one of my US readers, click on over to www.AmericanCensorship.org to find a list of Congressional phone numbers for those senators and representatives that you are a constituent of. Then call them and respectfully voice your opinion for or against. I believe that the American government already has designs on somehow making the internet (or an “alternate internet”) a place “where anonymity is not an option.” As such I take the opposition view on these bills and believe that we need as many voices as we can gather together to work against these threats to internet freedom.
Part of that opposition is getting the word out by utilizing a handy “Stop Censorship” banner at the top of my site. You can place that on your site too by going to the www.AmericanCensorship.org home page and scrolling one page down for some links and directions. Please consider it.
I fear for the future of the internet if one or both of these bills pass, and they could in just a matter of hours or days. Take action! All shares, +1s, RTs and etc. are appreciated.