Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet sites blacked out

If you visit Google today or Wikipedia, you’ll find messages that warn about the dangers of two bills that are going thought the US Senate. Many other sites on the internet will be blacked out for the day. The bills aim to curb online piracy but say many, they will also severely restrict freedom of expression on the web.

As you might expect, the bills have received broad support from the entertainment industry who loose millions to online piracy every year. However opponents of the bills say that they will restrict freedom of expression and increase the risks to cyber security.

The controversial clause contained in the bills requires internet service providers in the US to block access to foreign sites that infringe copyright. Giving ISPs these sort of powers would allow them to censor the internet and that would be bad.

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