January 19th, 2012
Yesterday's internet blackouts seem to have done the trick, with Senators running for the exits in an attempt to distance themselves from the universally reviled SOPA and PIPA piracy bills. Wikipedia, Reddit, Craigslist and thousands of other websites 'went dark' yesterday to raise awareness of the bills and their predicted detrimental impact on the freedom of the web.
The concensus among technology leaders is that SOPA and PIPA, although well intentioned, are so ambiguous and poorly written that their enactment would put even the most minor copyright-infringing website at risk of immediate shutdown without due process. Those inclined more towards conspiracy theory see the bills as an attempt by the US government to take control of the internet, leading to a censored web similar to that of China or Iran.
Yesterday's shutdowns dealt a massive blow to SOPA and PIPA but they're not dead yet. It will be interesting to see if the internet can keep its eye on the ball and shoot down future threats to web freedom with similar enthusiasm. In the meantime we should refocus the collective energy demonstrated yesterday towards other impending crises such as the famine currently threatening West Africa. Right guys?
Oh that is an amusing picture of a cat! It can't spell 'cheeseburger' because it's a cat!
1-18-2012 - Nate Lewis
While checking my email I had a sequence of events that I thought would be great to share as a "when a good plan goes bad" story.
So what did they do right?