I know a few geeky ones would have heard about the SOPA saga. SOPA, SOPA, SOPA!
That is all that I have been coming across on the internet for the past week. For you non- geeky readers, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a U.S. House bill to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
Proposals include preventing advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with allegedly infringing websites, preventing search engines from linking to the sites, and requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access to the sites. The bill would criminalize the streaming of such content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Many of us knew about the “ Fuel Subsidy”and how removing the subsidy would make life difficult for the Masses. Yes, that is the way it sounds to us here at Dashawn Enterprise. The effect will be widespread, breaking the idea of the internet and even the chain of the internet community, thereby making it hard for the masses to get information or education online
Who will be affected by the SOPA Act?
User content websites, like YouTube, which involves uploading and watching of videos, etc., will be affected. Imagine you go to YouTube and upload a video, and without you knowing that the video is an act of infringement, you will be blocked, even “youtube.com” will be blocked. This doesn’t make so much sense as this kills the idea of what the internet really is.
There is also an issue of Internet security. I want to believe there will be an increase in the number of hackers in the world. This isn’t good, taking us back to the 80’s where hackers dominated as the internet was a big deal back then.
The whole idea of a Domain Name System (DNS) will be disrupted. The DNS which is like a phone directory translates browser requests for domain names to their respective IP addresses assigned to a computer or network. The bill requests that DNS services should reject requests to translate the domain names to IP addresses. To this end, each country will have to have a DNS service to cover for a particular country.
Finally, IP privacy will be compromised as there will be a heavy monitoring of IPs by Internet Service Providers. The monitoring will be as a result of the efforts of these ISPs (Hosts) to make sure that their users don’t visit a website with any infringing material. Every Internet user on a particular network would have his/her privacy compromised as the ISP will know every website you are visiting per time.
In conclusion, if SOPA act is passed, I won’t be able to blog freely as I want; the whole internet idea is defeated. Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, BlogSpot, etc. social sites as a whole is dead. The internet will be in colonies, each colony monitoring its users and contents.
I am sure and confident this Bill won’t be passed.
@Demsenforever reporting for Dashawn Ent.
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