Sunday, January 1, 2012

Congress Seeks Legal Framework for Internet Censorship

[Excerpted] "Two bills aimed at establishing a legal framework for government and corporate censorship of the Internet are expected to be discussed in January when Congress returns from its winter break.

The first is the so-called PIPA, or Protect IP Act, introduced to the US Senate on May 12 by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. The second is the Stop Online Piracy Act, known as SOPA. This bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on October 26, 2011 by Republican Lamar Smith. The bills are the latest bipartisan attempt to give the government the ability to shut down the Internet or parts of the Internet..."

Majia here: I think these 2 bills are very important and we should be extremely wary. Passage of these bills will make it easy to censor bloggers and other "alternative" news sites.

Washington's Blog provides a good summary of the criticisms against SOPA

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