Posted by Thanh Lam on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 19:54
Remember the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)? It was a reckless piece of U.S. legislation that aimed to censor the Internet through extreme copyright enforcement mechanisms. Let’s refresh our memory about SOPA's extreme provisions:
Give the U.S. government the power to cripple any website they allege made use of copyrighted materials - Check.
Force ISPs to block access to certain websites? - Check.
Ban online companies from conducting businesses with "blacklisted" websites? - Check.
Further criminalize "alleged" copyright infringement? - Unfortunately, check.
SOPA sparked a huge uproar from Internet users and businesses across the U.S. and the world. The response from the Internet was unequivocal - over 7,000 websites including Wikipedia and Google blacked out their pages with hundreds of millions being reached by a day of action against SOPA. Read more »
Posted by Noushin Khushrushahi on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 23:03
“How do you plan to create rules that support the wishes of all the people using the Internet without consulting all of the people who use the Internet? Democratic process needs to be followed when dealing with any system or structure that is relied upon by this many people.”
This comment was put forward by an OpenMedia community member using our Digital Future tool last year, as ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations were coming to a crunch. Although we knew the TPP was bad, our worst fears were confirmed late last year when Wikileaks released shocking information exposing just how severe the TPP would be for our digital future. Read more »