Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the web!
As many of you may already witnessed, Google’s iconic home page is “going black” today, joining Wikipedia’s efforts to raise attention against SOPA and PIPA, two legislative bills currently in Congress aimed to stop online piracy and intended to “promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.” However, Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, Craigslist, Yahoo, eBay, all industry giants, think otherwise and have all joined together as part of a “Net Coalition”
Now there is a scary thought!
From the little that I have read thus far (although its covered by every major media outlet), Congress is already backing off their proposal. Now, I do not care to know the particulars of each of the bills. For all I know, these two bills may very well place a huge burden on our websites and should be struck down. But the mere fact that all these competing websites have joined together to fight a cause, which ultimately is affecting the way our government is being run…who’s to stop them the next time Google frowns upon a bill?
The popularity and reach of Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, et al. far supersedes that of Congress. Unless you pick up of the Times, or read the Wall Street Journal, or if it involves Health Care, do we rarely hear about a bill in Congress. If Google and Amazon start siding with bills, with such a following that each have, if I were a Senator, I would be more concerned with how to contain Google from poking its cyber head in and around politics than for any piracy laws that are currently on the table.