There’s a protest in the US about this badly written law called SOPA. If you don’t know what it is, there are plenty of websites that will tell you about it and why it is bad for society both in the US and in the world.
Here is a fairly well written article from a tech website that puts it all into a somewhat readable for the average person perspective.
Simply put it says if you own “property” on the internet, you have the right to have websites that are using it to be closed. You do that by demanding that the search engines block that site, internet providers block the site and so on and so forth.
You send a letter to a search engine saying block this, and they’re expected to comply.
You send a letter to Paypal or any other online banking system and they are expected to block you from ever receiving any more funds.
And so on…
If you get on this black list, the person or company who put you there is immune from prosecution. This is whether it is done correctly or not.
You’re blocked. Period. You have no recourse. Bye! You are now digitally dead.
Luckily President Obama has said (in this Forbes Article) he does not support the law and will not sign it. That will stop it. This Time. It will be back.
So how do we stop this sort of thing from happening in the future in this country?
Maybe the motto of the time shouldn’t be Tea or Occupy but Throw the Bums Out, selectively.
Anyone who is in favor of this sort of legislative garbage is clearly against the rights of the individual. It’s up to you whether you support that or not. After all, there are still elections in this country and November is coming soon.