You’ve probably heard the buzz about SOPA and PIPA, a pair of bills being considered by Congress. Proponents of the bills say they are necessary to protect intellectual property rights. Opponents argue that SOPA is nothing more than censorship.
This usually isn’t an opinion blog, but on this one I have to take a stand. SOPA is an abomination that must not pass.
Some are urging a blackout as a protest against SOPA. I considered it, but decided not to. The purpose of this blog is to educate people about computers, and I can’t think of a better way to protest SOPA than providing the information you need to oppose it yourself.
The problems with SOPA and PIPA are many, censorship being the main issue. But there are technical problems with these bills that make them cumbersome and ineffective. They might actually make the Internet less secure by interfering with standards that exist to keep it that way (e.g. DNSSEC). As an IT expert and an advocate of free speech, I oppose these bills and encourage you to do the same.
There’s plenty of news coverage out there, and I’ve gathered some that help explain the SOPA/PIPA debate.
This one has a list of the sponsors, so you known whom to contact.
And this one will let you contact your legislators too.
More information here:
- reddit: A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP [aka PIPA]
- The Register: A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes
- PCMag: Top Five Objections To SOPA, PIPA
- PCMag: Where Do You Stand On SOPA, PIPA? (interviews with PCMag staff on the issue)
And, I can’t conclude without pointing out that, as always, you need to make sure you’re clicking on bona-fide resources regarding SOPA and not some malware scam taking advantage of the headlines.
What do you think of SOPA and PIPA? Do you support or oppose them, and why?