TAI’s tech wizard and associate publisher Damir Marusic spent three years of his childhood in North Korea. Perhaps inspired by that experience, he has a great essay on the SOPA and PIPA bills currently being considered in Congress.
But even if some sort of overreaching bill is inevitable, the fight against it is not futile. SOPA and PIPA are bad news as written, and all efforts at gelding them are worthy; even partial success should be applauded on the merits. More important than removing troubling provisions is the process of clearly and articulately explaining to voters the value of what legislators and media conglomerates so fear: the internet’s disruptive power. Unfortunately, in the course of the battle over SOPA, opponents have allowed a consensus opinion to emerge around exactly the opposite point.
If you haven’t already seen it, take a look here.