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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Even though I'm Canadian living in Canada, SOPA/PIPA still poses a grave threat for the internet I know and love.

I've been chatting with a bunch of folks lately about this coming legislation and, so far, the consensus boils down to either 'I have no idea what you're talking about' or 'we're Canadian, it won't affect us' but considering how much of our traffic has to go through American channels before it makes it to our little peepers, this is definitely something that netizens of all nationalities should be getting educated about.

In fact, as Canadians, we're sort of getting a double-whammy here with Bill C-11 (formerly known as Bill C-32) coming fast down the pipe as well.

Not only would we be getting, essentially, the Great Firewall of China [USA edition] we'll also be getting our own digital exploits locked down and controlled through this DMCA-like clusterfuck.

Right now, as a Canadian living under Harper Government 2: Official Majority (This time it's personal!), it feels like I'm just waiting for the dust to clear.

Thankfully, there is some light at the end of the ol' fibre optic cable.

According to Ars Technica, the Anti-SOPA/PIPA protests today (where Reddit, Destructoid, Wikipedia, BoingBoing and more blacked out their homepages and pointed users to resources to help protest the bills) have had some serious impacts, causing 13 US Senators to pull support for PIPA.

It's a start, it's a sign of something good.

We're still sort of screwed with the whole C-11 thing (unless we can figure out some magical way of making the Harper Government listen to reason), but it's better than nothing.

Still... totally open to suggestions on the whole C-11 thing though.


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