It would have been difficult not to have heard about SOPA and PIPA the past week or two. It was the talk of the internet and was something you should be concerned about and follow.
You can read more and catch up on it here:
SOPA and PIPA
DialMe.com went dark for 12 hours on January 18th, 2012 in protest of these ridiculous laws that were proposed. We are proud to have been part of the largest online protest in history!
Check out the 75,000+ sites that participated in the protest including my own site, which is listed as a participant here:
I don’t follow European news as much as here at home in the U.S., but I have noticed similar laws being talked about and making headlines over at the BBC News. Here is just one example of many: Call for illegal site demotion on search engines
There was also an article over at MSNBC news the other day about Twitter restricting content in some countries.
The India government was trying to get Google, Facebook, and the likes to remove and/or censor some results. I am not sure what became of it or what the outcome was. I just know that India was another country or government trying to enforce some form of censorship.
And, of course there was the file sharing site Megaupload that got shut down recently in the news.
I don’t know what is going on with all of this piracy, censorship, and privacy issue stuff all happening at the same time. Not to mention all the hacked sites and stolen personal information happening at an alarming rate.
Something obviously needs to be done, but nobody seems to know what to do or has a plan that can be agreed upon. Not just nationally, but globally.
Don’t get me wrong I am not for pirating, but I don’t think government agencies need to be butting in to something that they don’t understand and are not informed about.