I haven’t said much in regards to the new legislation is trying to go to Congress right now called SOPA; it stands for Stop Online Piracy Act.
The proposed legislation has been highly controversial and there’s a lot of opposition towards the proposed legislation. Mixing technology and politics is not something that I normally do on LEHSYS, but considering this is technology and information that I was just reading in regards to what Iran is going to do, or is working towards, is in my opinion, is worse.
SOPA is legislation that basically gives copyright holders the ability to shut down websites because websites may be infringing on intellectual property without due process, and the ramifications of being found guilty of this type of infringement goes with it a heavy fine; not only is website shut down, fines imposed, but the operator of the website could find himself imprisoned. And this is all without due process; this is at the whim of the copyright holder and the fact that the US government wants to allow entities like MPAA and RIAA to have the ability to shut down websites because they believe their copyright property has been infringed upon, goes too far; there has to be due process. There has to be representation…
|SOPA explicitly states that companies will be liable for everything their users post. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia, or any sites that allow user generated content CANNOT exist under these laws. Immediately after this bill is passed, you will see the media mafia (MPIAA, RIAA, etc) replacing websites like Wikipedia with commercialized encyclopedia software. Mainstream media outlets will not cover this bill because they are the ones lobbying for it.|
But now take a step back in gain some more perspective; let’s look at what Iran is trying to do. Iran is testing a domestic Internet that will restrict Internet users from going to foreign sites. not only is the wrong going to be blocking their users from going to foreign site, they’re going to create their own network and decide what will and what won’t be on their domestic Internet; it’s full-blown censoring, filtering and blocking of Internet traffic. I think Iran, what they’re doing, sets a dangerous precedent over how to handle and manage Internet traffic.
The United States is largely controlled, not by government, but by large corporations with lots of money. Pointing my finger directly at the entertainment empire in United States, the ones who don’t want to innovate and the ones that will give customers what they want, the way they want it. So instead of the entertainment businesses trying to keep up with technology and give customers what they want, Bill from with tons of money at the US government to create a law that allows them, the copyright holders, to enforce the law at their whim; at their discretion.
But what if every country in the world decided to do what Iran is going to do. It would completely disrupt traffic around the globe. It would be so destructive I can’t even imagine what would happen.
If every country in the world decided that they were or weren’t going to be able to communicate with another country via the Internet I truly think it would be a travesty against humanity. People’s ability to log onto the Internet and gain information and knowledge and to experience things they might never experience any other way is truly amazing. Taking that tool, or taking that resource away from those individuals, would be like removing all of the books from the libraries around the world.
Not only would this prevent information from being shared around the world, it will also disrupt electronic economies; all of the businesses that operate and depend solely on the Internet to generate revenue— in other countries.
What the United States is doing with SOPA is extremely bad, but what Iran is doing by creating their own internal domestic Internet, in my opinion, is worse… their government aims to remove and restrict all influence of non-Islamic culture and Western ideology. That is such a stupid and backwards mentality in this day and age it’s beyond comprehension. It’s right along the same lines as why don’t I teach my five-year-old to operate an automatic weapon… it’s stupid.
But as the United States moves forward with trying to push SOPA on its citizens, and Iran moving forward with their idea of a domestic Internet; if either one of these stupid ideas go forward, I think they’re going to be a rush of proxy servers and third parties are going to openly allow users from Iran, or SOPA users, to reroute their traffic and to visit the websites of their choice. I think it’s fairly obvious that the governments of the world are starting to realize that the Internet can be detrimental to their abilities to keep the population under control, because the population now is plugged in, they’re more informed, and they have more resources and are highly motivated.
But to be perfectly honest with you, if the government of Iran is overthrown shortly after the install or go live with this domestic Internet, I won’t be surprised; I’m going to sit back and have a good laugh because at that point I’m going to realize that the citizens of Iran are going to rebel because they can get access to Facebook…
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11