Welcome back to another semester of Erie Square Gazette production. This issue being the first of my last semester, I thought I’d talk about an issue very important to me, internet censorship.
As some of you may have heard, the United States Congress has been trying to pass through a number of anti-piracy acts, such as SOPA, PIPA, and the international treaty ACTA.
While in theory these acts would be beneficial to the average internet users, in practice they would allow for censorship of nearly any content producing site on the internet, such as Reddit, Facebook, and YouTube.
In recognition of this potential, many companies and websites such as Google, Reddit, and Wikipedia have petitioned Congress against the passing of these acts. Some have even gone as far as blacking out their websites on Jan. 18, 2012, showing the public what would happen if the acts were passed.
After the blackouts of major sites, many congressmen retracted support for SOPA, resulting in it being tabled.
Although the danger of SOPA has diminished, an equally malicious bill, PIPA, still lurks in Congress. Many denizens of the internet still fight these acts the best way there is, writing en masse to representatives and petitioning the removal of the bills from Congress.
As for me, I’ll just keeping preaching the truth and exercising my right to free speech until the government takes me away.
If you have any questions for me, send them to eriesquare gazettewm @ gmail.com. I may feature the answer to your question online, or in a future issue.