Day #10: The Roots – “Guns are Drawn”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard something, somewhere, about the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). As usual, both are ignorant, bipartisan efforts to regulate the Internet to the public’s detriment, and this time by allowing commercial entities to block any websites they deem liable to interfere with profits. All without due process, no less! What does that mean for you, my fellow Americans? Very simply that someone (not you), somewhere gets to decide what websites you should be permitted to access. All in the name of profiteering. Unfortunately, a lot of really useful websites are up on the potential chopping block if these bills are passed. Craigslist is one of them. Seriously, read about it on their website.
SOPA and PIPA have garnered major outcry (and of course, a petition). Perhaps the most effective act of protest, however, is No Net Day, which gives the public a taste of web censorship as major websites like Google, Wikipedia, WordPress, and even Grooveshark black out all all or some parts of their websites over the next 24-hours.
Obama officially announced last week that he would veto the bills, much to the criticism of those who said it was a political move (and at this point, who the hell cares if it was?). But, the larger concern, is that these are not the first bills of their kind. Net neutrality has been a buzzword for quite some time. And, as Erik Martin, the general manager of Reddit already said, it’s likely to come up again in some other form.
The legislation comes up for a vote on January 24. So get on the horn and berate the idiot Congresspeople who are actually supporting it.