SOPA

A coalition of websites aimed at defending the freedom of the internet has launched its own version of the Bat Signal. The
A coalition of websites aimed at defending the freedom of the internet has launched its own version of the Bat Signal. The
t's over. Thank heavens. Finally we can begin to forget those terrible four letter acronyms. Last week the ACTA bill followed the same sorry path to the rubbish bin as its American cousins SOPA and PIPA. It was the ultimate battle between good and evil...and good won...no evil did...well, somebody won?
If someone asks a novo techie about the 'future of internet', he would only dream of seamless possibilities that internet can offer. However, this opinion may be in stark contrast to that of one of the world's best known and seasoned techies, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google.
New surveillance plans could breach European data protection laws, experts have warned, in a further blow to the Government's
The message board Reddit has released the first draft of a crowd-sourced bill to protect internet freedom. The 'act' is intended
We use social media, shopping sites and news sites everyday, and maybe even make sur to turn on safe search when we're on
First there was the Digital Economy Act, then there was SOPA and its counterpart PIPA, and now there's the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. Or rather, little did we know that before the Digital Economy Act was a twinkle in Peter Mandelson's eye, negotiations for ACTA were already underway.
Protesters against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) took to the streets of Europe on Sunday to protest the
Lana Del Rey was sitting behind me on my flight to Berlin this morning. I can empathise with being thrust into the spotlight before you've had a chance to catch yourself. Trying to grow as an artist and a person under intense scrutiny is a nightmare. Some people seem desperate to label her as a fake. Why can't it just be a good tune sung by a beautiful girl?
If the internet were compromised or regulated to the point where the 13% of my traditional digital income (from iTunes, Spotify, and others) were to disappear, it could likely mean that people would turn to getting my music for free, which would then mean that I would need more ticket and t-shirt sales in order to maintain my income level. (My income, by the way, covers my expenses, taxes, and health insurance, and that's it.)
The start of 2012 hasn't been smooth sailing for the internet and its users. First up, the US government attempted to introduce the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as a way of protecting US citizens' intellectual property on the internet. Most worrying, out of America's attempts to legitimise US companies attempts at suing individuals - the EU has now signed up to a similar bill.
File-sharing website The Pirate Bay is for the first time hosting downloadable plans of 3D objects, which can be automatically
In the wake of last week's Megaupload shutdown, some of the biggest names in the market are taking drastic action. During
'Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge' - This was the slogan at the top of Wikipedia's blackout page during their SOPA and PIPA protest. And since then, proposals for both bills have been temporarily halted in an unmistakable response to the internet's outcry last week.
The internet is in crisis. Wikipedia closed their doors to visitors last Wednesday, in protest at SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and in an almost perfectly-timed, plot-twist-shocker, the US Authorities pulled the plug on file-sharing hub MegaUpload.
New Zealand Police have arrested the founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, on his birthday in his multi-million dollar mansion
The New Zealand police website was shutdown on January 20 2012, following the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. It
Hacker group Anonymous has shutdown the websites of the US Department of Justice, the FBI, the Record Industry Association
Yesterday, Wikipedia along with many, many other websites partook in the 'blackout' protests against new internet piracy guidelines and acts being discussed in the American House of Representatives and the Senate.