Internet Goes On Strike Vs Censorship
The Vincenton Post had gone dark a few hours ago today to protest two destructive bills proposed in the United States Congress. These legislative proposals, namely, the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act, are disguised as new effective legal tools against intellectual property violations.
Even though I’m not an American I’m fully aware that these statist bills, if passed, would affect me and all bloggers, webmasters and people who use, depend, rely on the Internet. Certain ambiguous, sweeping provisions of the bill cover foreign sites and internet users and bloggers abroad. This means that the United States government would be empowered or authorized to penalize or even shutdown foreign sites that allegedly breach copyright or IP right.
So while all mainstream media institutions in the Philippines are focused on the impeachment proceedings of the country’s chief justice, this site seeks to shed light on the censorship issue in the United States that determines the future of the Internet, which remains the symbol of freedom and free market enterprise.
Anti-censorship advocates, popular websites, and bloggers in the United States officially declared Jan. 18 as the day of the SOPA “blackout” protest. A lot of major names and brands in the online world, such as Wikipedia, Google, WordPress, Mozzila, Reddit, and Craigslist have joined the anti-SOPA, anti-PIPA protest by censoring their own websites with black bars and blacked-out pages.
The following is Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg’s status:
“The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet. The world today needs political leaders who are pro-internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet. You can read more about our views here.”
Here’s a list of more than a dozen websites that are protesting today.
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