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Protect the Internet from the Government: Support Campaign Against SOPA

Why the Passing of US’ SOPA should be stopped: A quick look to its future disadvantages

What will happen if your internet connection is not anymore as user friendly as before? What will you feel if things inside it are already restricted or in tight control of someone or a body in the government? Sounds depressing right?

Aside from the issue on Occupying the Wall Street because of people crying for inequality and state abandonment, another buzz in the US news sphere is the bill on internet censorship or the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This bill creates loud criticisms and negative reactions from those who are opposing it. Campaigns in the world wide web continue to escalate as the US Senate and Congress continue to hear the passing of the bill. See Matt Cutts and Google’s Opinion on SOPA.

US has been one the leading advocates of freedom, equality and democracy as a whole. As the world’s model, they try as much as they could to be great in every aspect of their society- from politics up to the observation of the basic human rights. However, things continue to unveil as they continue to change their views on different things. Things are getting worse resulting to great clamor from those who are getting affected by these changes or so-called ‘irregularities’.

Internet became one of the freest media platforms. You can do almost everything inside this virtual world- be creative, be better informed and be critical in your views at the same time. Internet changes the landscape of media and the world as a whole. It made everything easily available to everyone. It has an advantage that can make life more convenient and innovative as well. Restricting its functions could hamper this freedom and might trigger to a large mass of protesters.

In my opinion, this bill that US Senate and Congress are trying to push through will not, at all, benefit the people. Freedom of the speech and of expression which are stipulated on their constitution will be violated. It’s not as if it will save their society from all forms of crimes and misdeeds, because at back of it are the dangers that it will bring to those sites that can be considered by the government as illegitimate and have no used.

They can easily shut down websites or control media outlet. Activities on Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube cannot be tolerated anymore because they will consider these as not legal or unlawful. In short, virtual web will be in crisis if this bill will be passed. And since they are the model when it comes to tailoring a law, I’m sure not more than a month after passing that bill other countries around the world will follow and make their own version of the bill. If that happens it will be consider the lowest point of internet generation.

Look at the other Asian countries that came up with these restrictions, are they experiencing what we, Filipinos are currently experiencing? No.

Take a look at India, authorities were taken aback last month when an anti-corruption campaign multiplied on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites and drew tens of thousands of people to protest sites.

In South Korea, the government heavily filters online content involving North Korea, with which it is still technically at war. But its citizens continue to lobby the government for more access.
While in China, government has deployed its computers to track the internet traffic and it crosschecks the same against a list of blocked keywords and websites. Consequently, it bans anything that matches the list. For instance, it has blocked the word ‘freedom’ from being search on Google.

Obviously, these countries are not adhering to the essentials of freedom. They are doing the restriction for news black-outs and pro-government purposes.

Maybe US government has been seeing this very much effective in controlling the people making other Asian countries as their guinea pigs. Through this bill, they can control the news that coming out especially those against the government. They can easily crush down sites that do not follow the standards. Lastly, they can easily take away those business competitors in the internet that has been on their butts for long years already. Making them more prominent in the internet that will cause high revenue for them and for their own companies. Business matters but it doesn’t mean that you will do unfair things to outsmart the others.

Another probable ill effect of this bill is that it will hamper the internet innovations. No more creation of another breakthrough in online society- Facebook and Twitter will remain the stagnant, can you imagine that? Blogging and other form of self expression will not be as free as before. Innovations will stop and will be paralyzed.

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users’ attempts to reach certain websites’ URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

Under SOPA’s provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

DigitalMoz SEO Philippines believe, once you get through the media processes, you are killing the democracy and freedom these institutions are entitled to.

So please help us with our advocate in making the internet a free-for-all media. By sharing this post, you are preserving the very essence of the world wide web which is FREEDOM.

Ric Abasola
DigitalMoz SEO Philippines