Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Today is a shocking day for Internet freedom. It might seem a little out of context discussing this on an Internet blog but the consequences of what is happening are potentially dire not only for this site but for anybody who surfs the web, runs a website or wishes to receive free, independent news.
The so called anti-piracy laws being debated by the US Congress threaten the very integrity and freedom of the Internet. SOPA and PIPA are being dressed up as protecting intellectual property rights but the truth is the long term objective of these acts is the ability of the US government to police the Internet and close down any Internet sites it deems 'subversive'. These are very dangerous pieces of legislation.
The passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the US Congress in December now means that since December 31st the US military can detain its own citizens indefinitely without trial, and at its own whims. No doubt, similar legislation will eventually be enacted in Europe, turning this continent into a Police State.
It is good to see Wikipedia standing up and being counted by closing down its amazing encyclopedia of knowledge for the next 24 hours in protest of this legislation. It is important that we don't just brush these acts off as today's news. Because tomorrow many of the freedoms we take for granted today may be lost.