Friday, December 16, 2011

To stifle the internet in favor of big corporate media...

Washington - Congress will vote today on the Stop Online Privacy Act, H.R. 3261, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX. Many who oppose the law feel its passage would stifle the use of the internet if enacted, casting a pall of fear on free expression through cybernetic means. Others go much further in their opinion; they say its passage would lead to enormous conflict.

Eighty-two engineers who were involved in the seminal events that created the internet in its present form wrote Congressmen an entreaty urging they vote against both the House and Senate versions of the new law.

“If enacted, either of these bills will create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet infrastructure,” the engineers wrote.

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