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SOPA Author Calls NSA Snooping 'Stunning'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

One of Congress' leading voices on legal policy has called revelations of the NSA's surveillance program "stunning." In an interview on The Laura ...

There Are No Cord-Cutters

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.14.2013 | Technology
Lowell Peterson

Television industry analysts warn about "cord-cutters" -- viewers who forsake cable TV subscriptions and instead watch the shows they love online. My question is, Which cord would these dangerous tech-savvy youth actually cut? Not the cord that connects them to the Internet.

Get on the Internet Bus for Serious Internet Freedom

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.17.2012 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Political parties are in the process of adopting what they call Internet Freedom principles. Most of both parties' platforms include really good stuff, with one snag, regarding "net neutrality."

Anonymous, GoDaddy and SOPA: A Warning of What's to Come

Dan Johnson | Posted 11.11.2012 | Technology
Dan Johnson

If a disruption of service for less than eight hours will make this big of a splash on the internet, as is the intent of recent cybersecurity legislation, imagine what a complete shutdown of the internet will do.

Figuring Out Who Your Friends Are On SOPA and PIPA

Art Brodsky | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

While entertainment leaders are great at talking about their studies "proving" losses from piracy, they ignore other research showing that downloaders also buy the most music and other content.

Bridging the D.C.-Silicon Valley Divide in Napa Valley

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.11.2012 | Technology
Bennet Kelley

As one who has played the role of translator on both coasts, I believe that what feeds the divide is the extent to which neither community speaks nor fully understands the language of the other.

Internet Restrictions: How Much Should We Worry About Our Freedom of Information?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.21.2012 | Technology
Marianne Mollmann

From a human rights perspective, blanket restrictions on specific means of communication should always raise red flags.

The Hollow Ring of Liberty

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

The Obama administration has expanded on many of the civil rights violations that the Bush administration pioneered. These infringements have assaulted the freedoms of speech, assembly, association, and the rights to privacy and fair trial.

Does Anyone in Congress Get Technology?

Joshua Lamel | Posted 07.01.2012 | Technology
Joshua Lamel

It may seem odd that I, a loyal Democrat, am singing the praises of Congressman Issa. However, the technologist in me has fallen in love with how Issa is revolutionizing the relationship between Congress and technology.

Key Anti-Piracy Bill Backer: SOPA Is 'Dead'

Bloomberg | Eric Engleman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

Hollywood-backed legislation to fight online piracy, shelved this year after an Internet protest led by Google Inc. (GOOG) and Wikipedia, is "dead," s...

SOPA 2.0? New Bill Has Internet Activists Scared -- Again

Los Angeles Times | Morgan Little | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics

In spite of their hopes, Internet activists are finding that their efforts to keep the digital world free of further regulation did not end with SOPA'...

SOPA: Who's On Music's Side?

Stephan Jenkins | Posted 05.01.2012 | San Francisco
Stephan Jenkins

The old entertainment conglomerates (who have been ripping off musicians forever) and the new tech establishment (who's just learning) had a fight recently, and free speech won -- sort of.

The Anti-SOPA Act?

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 02.22.2012 | Technology

When two proposed anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA looked as if they could become law, social news site Reddit helped organize a large-scale online pro...

Tech Sector Unified in Protecting Innovation and Combating Piracy

Rey Ramsey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology
Rey Ramsey

As word of the risks spread among entrepreneurs, investors, academics, cybersecurity experts and consumers learned about the risk, the sector came together. That is no small feat. This is an industry that has nearly 6 million jobs all throughout the nation.

The Jack Nicholson Answer to Hollywood Moguls on SOPA and PIPA: 'You Can't Handle the Truth'

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.07.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

This is too important to hand over law making to one industry, as Congress did in the case of these bills. Too much is at stake to try to rework the bills in a slapdash manner, behind closed doors. That's the truth.

SOPA and PIPA Defeat: People Power or Corporate Clout?

Larry Magid | Posted 04.04.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Derailing the bills was indeed a big victory, but was it "people power" or a new form of corporate lobbying?

The MPAA Dinosaur and the SOPA Debacle

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment
Hoyt Hilsman

Instead of trying to shut down popular websites and punish their opponents -- and their own customers -- Hollywood should take an entirely different approach to the digital revolution.

Future Of Film: What Really Lies Beneath The SOPA Debate?

Tribeca | Posted 03.28.2012 | Media
Tribeca

Mass media companies and their network model will not disappear overnight. They may not disappear at all. No one can say how fast this will occur or over what specific time frame it will unfold. But the pace of change is accelerating.

PIPA And SOPA Were Stopped, But the Web Hasn't Won

Art Brodsky | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Web community, bask briefly in your glory. Then get back to work, because the next industry-sponsored bill to curb technology will be here before you know it, and they might be smarter next time about how they pursue it.

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

While we contemplate the gargantuan battle of the content vs. technology worlds, we must not forget an equally serious, actually even more serious example of online piracy.

The Poetic Justice Of The Death Of SOPA

Bert Johnson | Posted 03.25.2012 | Detroit
Bert Johnson

SOPA represents a 20th century draconian solution to a 21st century problem and Americans, particularly we here in Detroit, deserve leaders in our nation's capital who understand our needs and advocate for our interests.

Why Jimmy Wales Allows "Vulva" on Wikipedia

Katie Engelhart | Posted 03.25.2012 | Technology
Katie Engelhart

Decisions made by Wikipedia editors are not law. But when it comes to determining what is 'normal' online -- and how much taboo we're willing to stomach on our Internet -- a Wikipedia referendum can count for just as much.

Using Virtual Skills to Save the Real World

Chase Harrison | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Chase Harrison

It is time for the environmental movement to go viral. Americans must use the voice demonstrated with SOPA/PIPA to strike down the Keystone XL Pipeline.

An Entertainment Enthusiast's Like and Dislike List

Kris LoPresto | Posted 03.24.2012 | Entertainment
Kris LoPresto

Like: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band release new single "We Take Care Of Our Own." Instant classic summer song. It makes me want to drive cross country, stopping in every little town and just help people or something.

Does Daily Variety Validate SOPA Fears?

Joe Escalante | Posted 03.24.2012 | Technology
Joe Escalante

At first, I thought that SOPA was the right thing to do. But now I am now against it. I've seen the beast face to face, and I now have first hand knowledge of what the large media companies think of the Internet.