Social, political, cultural, random and rambling opinions, musings, diatribes and rants from the mind of a disturbed individual with too much free time and unlimited internet access.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Stop SOPA and PIPA
If you enjoy being able to use the Internet freely and having the ability to visit any site you want, without content being restricted, without your browsing speed being throttled or otherwise manipulated, without having service providers or competing corporations deliberately blocking certain sites and content and generally without anyone else trying to control what you see and how you see it, then you need to go to Google.com and sign their petition. It takes about 30 seconds and it's a very easy way to add your voice to the list of people who oppose government censorship of the free exchange of ideas, information and creativity. The Internet is the last bastion of truly free speech we have left and it has remained such because it has been protected from overt government control and corporate manipulation. The passing of SOPA and PIPA would change all that. It would allow companies to limit what you can see, to "throttle" or intentionally slow down your browsing speed when visiting sites they don't want you to visit and to completely block content that they object to. It also creates broad, easily distortable guidelines for piracy and fair use restrictions that could not only further censor what we can see on the Internet, but also restrict user-created content for sites like Youtube and even Facebook. If you respect the first amendment and our constitutionally-protected right to freedom of speech and expression, then I urge you to add your name to the list of people who oppose SOPA and PIPA.