The Fight for Freedom on the Web
Today the world stood still or at least a big part of the virtual would did as Wikipedia, WordPress, many bloggers and other sites all took part in a protest by censoring their entire sites in a large blackout.
You may have noticed the ‘Stop Censorship’ ribbon in the top right corner of my blog, clicking this will take you to a site about the protest. The reason for the blackout is to prevent the US Senate from introducing SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The acts aim to blacklist sites that contain material that is copyrighted in the US; this would help the film and music industry protect their material, but also gives the US government an extremely large amount of control over the internet. They would be able to order Google, and other search engines, not to show pages they felt were in violation, make PayPal cancel the accounts of sites that host copyrighted material, etc. I can see why they thought it would be a good idea, but I still don’t think they should have that much power so I support the protest.
What about you? Do you think the US government are doing the right thing? Are you in favour of the protest? Have you noticed the blackout on other sites? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.