Some might know about tomorrow’s, Janurary 18th, anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA act, hopefully all of you who are reading this does as well. Ill be participating in this as well myself. The internet is going on a black out, many sites like Wikipedia and Reddit are participating in.
What SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA/ PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) , basically is that they are trying to put a censorship onto the content that might be on the particular site. The US government is trying to stop online piracy of course, but it is stepping on a lot of toes as to content and freedom of speech. A few countries, like China, for instance has something similar in effect in their country. Censoring their citizens from content from sites that the government feels that might be bad for its citizens.
I feel that the government does enough of censorship and that they are should not regulate the content that people can put up on their sites. The internet is suppose to be a place of freedom for everyone in the world, no matter who or where you are in the world. I shall not use anything internet related tomorrow, from checking email, Netflix or anything like that myself in protest of these Acts the government is trying to enforce.
If you are interested in the anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA movement, go here to http://americancensorship.org/ For more information on these acts here are the links to SOPA and PIPA on Wiki. Though note they will shut down January 18, 2012.