Over the recent months, a topic of debate for bloggers, tweeters, and politicians alike has been SOPA – the Stop Online Piracy Act. While some might support the decision for a piece of legislation that would put an end to online piracy, SOPA became a point of contention due to its approach that would have led to Internet censorship, reduced online security and the stifling of innovation.
This past Wednesday, there was an unprecedented uprising on the web that involved widespread blackouts on pages such as Wikipedia’s entire English site, Mozilla, and popular blogs to protest the censorship that would go hand-in-hand with the offending piece of legislation. Regardless of whether or not you found a way to participate in the protesting of SOPA, have no fear.
With former supporters bailing on the proposed bill faster than rats on the Titanic, the bill was thrown out earlier today. Internet users can rejoice that their liberties aren’t going to be stepped on any time soon through unsavory legislation like SOPA. The bill that created much buzz for the past couple of months has died before it could even get off its feet and certainly there aren’t many mourning the loss. The masses spoke and were heard – now that’s what I call democracy in action.