Nothing more important than the Arab Spring has happened in the world . Students, young people, those who hunger for justice, all brought together by the 20th and 21st centuries' miracle, the World Wide Web; our Internet. Oppressed people all over the globe were seized through that medium with an awareness of freedom. Until the protests in Egypt, freedom was an achievable concept. Now, freedom is an absolute. Every society can now view freedom as a basic goal. The internet is a great tool of the people, and few can fail to see that it must remain open,and free of undue influence.
At first glance, attempts to censor the internet, steps such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), seem harmless. These restrictions apply to illegal marketing, much of which comes from foreign nations. Those who sell medications which in the United States would require prescription, or those who sell pirated or copied software, movies, music, ebooks and games at a greatly reduced price, are the targets. The bill would also make the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, including music, movies, ebooks, games and TV programs, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. If passed, SOPA would allow the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holders to seek court orders against foreign and domestic websites that enable or facilitate copyright infringement.
If SOPA becomes law, some major websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Wikipedia would be required to examine each and every link posted by site users. In the event a pirating site were to install at some point an illegal link, the major website would be held responsible and face a possibility of being shut down, plus criminal penalties. Examination by these websites of every posted link could be a costly and difficult procedure.
It seems the blame and the blackout option should be not be aimed at the final point, on the local website, but rather at the source. An oversight agency might then develop a list of outlawed links, outlawed sites, and through some server, or system of servers, black them out. A system such as Norton Antivirus, or other virus protection engine, might have experience to develop such a capacity.