Operation Pull Ryan, a group of tech-savvy internet activists fighting against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) using the Reddit online forum, is claiming victory after just two weeks of exerting pressure on Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan.
The operation’s mission was to either force Paul to publically denounce SOPA or to dislodge him from his congressional seat in the coming election.
“Either Congressman Paul Ryan pledges to vote no on SOPA/PIPA or he is replaced by a[n] anti-SOPA/PIPA candidate,” the activists say on their website.
“The Internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, attempts to address a legitimate problem, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House.”
Ok my people I wanna talk to u guys about the SOPA. Okay so apperently the government or whatever wants to blockor senser(but its the same to me) all sites or sites that may be a threat to the government and i just wanna say to the government STFU if u didnt do this years ago when identity theft started then why start now. I feel that the government is not only taking away our freedom of speech but leaving us without liberty so im here to say Sign the petition to stop this horror. REBLOG THIS IF U BELIEVE WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT WE FEEL AND WHEN WE FEEL IT.
Who are blaming Obama for the censorship: he has issued a veto threat. This bill is sponsored in the senate by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and has 42 REPUBLICAN co-sponsors and NO Democratic co-sponsors.
DO ANY OF YOU FUCKING UNDERSTAND WHAT ‘NET-NEUTRALITY’ EVEN MEANS?! Please, for the love of GOD do some research before you open your big, ignorant mouths!
Since this blog is designed to present a melding of politics and technology, there is no debate concerning the two more relevant than the SOPA/PIPA legislation. If you haven’t heard of them, you aren’t alone. They represent a scary undertone in American politics, an undertone that aims to entirely remove the abilities of the general populace to question their government.
Tumblr seems to like shorter posts, so SOPA and PIPA will be presented in a two-part series, first as mostly explanatory and introductory passages, followed by interpretation and debate later.
First, an overview of SOPA.
SOPA: H.R. 3261, Stop Online Piracy Act ostensibly to “promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property and for other purposes.” From the Official Summary provided by Congress:
The bill would authorize the “the Attorney General (AG) to seek a court order against a U.S.-directed foreign Internet site committing or facilitating online piracy to require the owner…to cease and desist further activities constituting specified intellectual property offenses”
“Requires online service providers, Internet search engines…to carry out certain preventative measures including withholding services from an infringing site or preventing users located in the United States from accessing the infringing site”
From the mouths of our representatives, the purpose of SOPA is to allow the United States government to block United States residents’ access to any website guilty of copyright infringement. That’s it.
The Internet is basically a collection of connected machines. When we remove all of the technical jargon and computer-nerd lingo, the Internet allows us to access content stored on a different machine. This works because both our machine and the machine which holds what we want to read/watch/listen to/etc. communicate using the same protocol. They speak the same language, and talk to each other using their names, much as we do. These names are called IP (Internet Protocol) addresses.
The Internet is a global ecosystem, with both positive and negative effects. Political revolutions, contact with loved ones, and content sharing are just a few services the Internet provides. Change the Internet, and the shape of these services changes dramatically. The main watchword of the Internet is openness; openness of ideas, openness of contact, openness of exchange. However, this openness is under threat. SOPA allows the U.S. Attorney General to seek action against any website he/she deems guilty of copyright infringement. Anything. "Action" includes blocking the website from U.S. users, undermining the tenet of communication that the Internet relies so heavily on.
The surface purpose of SOPA is to protect U.S. economic assets and intellectual property against theft. The underlying purpose of SOPA is to allow any intellectual property-holder to take action against any website it deems in violation. The consequences of this are myriad, and will be examined in due course.