Internet Censorship is a major topic in the online world these days, Internet censorship is the act of denying the access to a site online. Many countries do this to keep people from learning negative things about that country. For example, a bill was proposed in the United States of America, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), and many people disapproved it. This bill would have allowed the US government to block sites, track your online information. Another way the bill would take action on Internet censorship is by being able to regulate, or even revoke access to proxies, which are a key part in being anonymous to certain sites across the Internet. Many websites which are driven by user content would be very limited against their policies for keeping themselves up and running. They would have to closely watch and filter any type of uploads that could possibly bring up a copyright claim, and if many of those claims are taken to court with that website versus the content owner, the website would definitely be taken down after many lawsuits. Some examples of these sites are YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. They all are driven by user-created content, and would not be able to turn a profit if people keep suing them over copyright claims.
Many people, like the hacker-group, Anonymous have made attempts to stop the government in making the decision to pass the bill and Google, Wikipedia, and even the largest domain registrar in the world, GoDaddy have become involved. Google used the common logo situation, by changing it, this time it was a regular Google logo, but with some of it covered up by a black box, representing what the Internet would become if anyone would let this bill pass.
Today, the bill hasn’t been passed although many people are still very wary as to whether Congress has let go of the issue or not. Some believe that Congress is planning for a major bill that everyone will agree about, and that will censor the Internet for sure. There have been a few different types of bills similar to SOPA. There was PIPA, which stood for the Protect IP Act. Even the OPEN act was brought up which controlled more than PIPA and SOPA combined, but they all appear to be buried in the sand, for now. Many people are glad that they are this way, but some worldwide decisions are being made at a conference in Europe. This conference could start censorship in many new countries, for example, the US, England, and many other major countries.
Even though Internet Censorship looks like it may have a great deal in our lives in the future, we should still try to disapprove any acts that all countries try to put upon us. Anybody should be able to do almost anything on the Internet if they want to, and government-type form should put a limit on that. Only ISPs or websites should deal with this sort of problem. But, unfortunately, in the future, there will likely be major limits on the Internet, what used to be a free place, now turned into nothing without any type of censoring.
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