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SOPA/PIPA Wikipedia Blackout

SOPA/PIPA Wikipedia Blackout

For those who remember, around this time last year, members of the U.S. Congress debated SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). At the laws at the heart of the bills would have stuck down the open source world the Internet works off of. By raising attention to the issue, the international Internet community (fueled by Google and Wikipedia website blackout’s) defeated the bill. The defeat of both SOPA and PIPA promoted the Internet community to rejoice and for the time being, breathe easy. However, like every war, a single battle does not constitute the entirety of the fight. Roughly a year later, the U.N. is currently in congress seeking to revise, as “the father of the Internet” and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Vint Cerf recently noted, a decades old treaty which could limit free speech across the Internet.

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