Thursday, January 19, 2012

PIPA SOPA Blackouts and more

I didn't black out my website yesterday, but I'm opposing SOPA and PIPA. If you haven't been following these proposed congressional bills that threaten to limit free speech on the Internet in the name of property rights, you might take a look at this NYTimes piece by Rebecca McKinnon or go to Wikipedia's explanation of their Black Out,

According to today's papers, a lot of congresspeople pulled way back on this-- not, of course, because of me, but because of Web terror. Probably because they saw the Googles and Wikipedias as Even Bigger Business than the Chamber of Commerce and Walt ("75 more years") Disney.

The question is, are they right? Or is this actually something bigger? Was it the New Corporations versus the Old Ones, or the millions of us who want the Web open?

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