Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DM supports SOPA and PIPA protest

DearREADERS,

Why US congressmen and senators think they can and should control the Internet is beyond me.

Freedom of speech is one of our basic benefits of life in the US.

For Congress to consider internet censorship is a clear abuse of power.

You may have heard that WikiPedia and other web entities are blacking out for 24 hours tomorrow to protest SOPA (Congress' proposal) and PIPA (the Senate's proposal).



My visit to Wikipedia.com brought the following to view (above), with the official word from Sue Gardner, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation:
"Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made." Source:  English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout posted 16 Jan 2012.
Sue recommends a "very good list of reasons to oppose SOPA and PIPA here, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation."
WHAT DOES OL' MYRT THINK?
While I oppose online piracy and spend 8-24 hours a month dealing with sploggers (other blogs that steal my blog posts and claim them as their own), I do not support the SOPA or PIPA bills because they give government broad powers and interfere with freedom of speech.

DearMYRTLE will go dark effective midnight tonight for 24 hours sending a clear message that I oppose the SOPA and PIPA bills. I've also written emails to my senators and congressman.

GeneaWebinars and Genea-Quilters were established by me, but involve other authors, so those sites will not go dark, but will have a clear STOP SOPA banner posted.

From the venerable Forbes website we read:
"Yesterday Forbes blogger Paul Tassi urged Google and Facebook and other opponents of SOPA to bring their servers down in opposition to the SOPA. I agreed – a blackout of major search engines and social media sites would get a big point across and at the very least force the conversation over SOPA/PIPA.
Today, Paul is admitting that this scenario is very unlikely, and urging SOPA opponents to take matters into their own hands." Source:  Can Facebook Users Stop SOPA Without A Blackout? posted 12 Jan 2012.
Yesterday, Andrew Couts of Digital Trends posted:
"A vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been delayed indefinitely, but the fight against Internet censorship continues: Reddit.com will go forward with its site-wide blackout on Wednesday, January 18, to protest the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), Digital Trends has confirmed. (PIPA), Digital Trends has confirmed. PIPA, a similar bill to SOPA, is scheduled to go up for a vote before the Senate on January 24." Source: SOPA 'shelved indefnitely, but blackout is still on, as PIPA fight continues posted 16 Jan 2012.
Google and Facebook Weigh in as Mashable reported 8 hours ago:
"A public letter to Congress, signed by tech heavyweights such as Google and Facebook, called the bill dangerous to American innovation and cybersecurity, but also acknowledged that digital piracy is a real problem. The White House has also joined in with the anti-SOPA crowd in a blog post." Source: Where Do SOPA & PIPA Stand Now? posted 17  January 2012.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Bloggers can post anti-SOPA banners on their blogs:
Twitter users
  • Twitter - Tweet about the #SOPASTRIKE and ask your followers to get ready. 
  • Go to Blackout SOPA to add ‘STOP SOPA’ to your Twitter image. That's how I got the Stop SOPA image at the right.
  • Though Twitter isn't planning to black out like WikiPedia, you can register your complaint by simply NOT tweeting from 12:01am through midnight your time Jan 18th. A marked downturn in activity will be noted and reported on internet and TV/radio broadcast news.
Facebook users

  • Go to Blackout SOPA to add ‘STOP SOPA’ to your Facebook profile picture.
  • Stay off FB on the 18th
Google+ Users
  • Go to Blackout SOPA to add ‘STOP SOPA’ to your G+ profile picture.
  • Stay off G+ on the 18th
Everyone
  • Email - Likewise a sharp decline in email volume internationally signals support for the anti-SOPA/PIPA camp.
  • Visit the Electronic Frontier Foundations site, as recommended by WikiPedia's executive director. That site has a method for typing in your zip code to receive an return of your congressman and senators' contact info. Please take action now and tell your Congressional representatives you oppose these bills.
  • If you are not a US resident, the Stop American Censorship website has a form to petition the US State Department. Find this here: http://americancensorship.org about 1/4 of the way down the page, you'll see the option "Not in the us? Petition the state department - The US state department constantly speaks out against internet censorship in other countries. Pressure them to speak out against America’s new domestic censorship system."
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. It is not true and not good to catch some criminals by offending and sacrificing the liberty and affairs of so many non-guilty people around the world. Furthermore, it is unethical and illegal to create a national law to put foundation for and justify such act. It is unethical to create a national law based upon the will of SOME corporations and for the sakes of SOME corporations. If a law must be created, it must be created based upon THE REAL MAJOR PUBLIC WILL and for THE REAL WHOLE PUBLIC SAKE.
    Noteworthy, The Internet is not only the container of by-law-protected products, but also IS:
    1. The universal medium of the unlimited flow of thoughts from humans all over the world
    2. The universal place of unlimited thought-exchange and thought-sharing among humanity
    3. The universal channel of unlimited talk among humans all over the world
    4. The universal channel and virtual place of unlimited human encounter and human traffic
    Therefore, SOPA and PIPA absolutely can not be applied. SOPA and PIPA are a form of Egoistic-Will Enforcement.
    Moreover, products of companies have been protected by the existing laws of intellectual property. What is to do is just Law Enforcement based upon the existing laws.

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