So maybe, other than discovering that Wikipedia wasn’t working very well, you did not really get into all of the brouhaha about SOPA.
Fine, but if you read blogs or write for blogs or just do a lot on the web, you need to learn a lot about this issue. Below is a basic reading list, culled reliable press sources, to help you understand more.
What stands out in many of the articles, is how many of our representatives in Congress do not know or even understand enough about the digital world to be making policy about it. I wonder how many representatives and senators based a decision on a single staff memo or an index card with important (but perhaps poorly explained) bullet points? Right now the bill is not going anywhere, but this issue will come back.
Educate yourself by reading some of the articles below.
- Why Doesn’t Congress Understand the Internet? – Washington Post
- SOPA PIPA Pause Reset – The Hill
- SOPA Explained: What It is and Why it Matters to You – CNN Money
- SOPA and Citizenship in a Digital Age – New Family News
- After an Online Firestorm Congress Shelves Anti-Piracy Bills – New York Times
- To Protest SOPA the Strike was Updated for the Internet Age – Washington Post
- Online Activists Triumphant as Congress Buries Anti-Internet Piracy Bill – The Hill
- How SOPA Would Affect You – CNET/Pro Publica
- A Close Look at SOPA – Future of the Internet – technical (Zittrain and colleagues)