I found myself confused about this one. US federal legislation can get so thick sometimes – so many parties and interests, legal lingo and talking heads – that even this policy wonk was befuddled. But the interweb has launched into action against this abominable bill. Wikipedia is currently on strike – as are many of our favourite blogs! So what’s the big to-do?
So I found this great video by Fight for the Future that b for bonnie had put up on her blog. It’s great, it laid down all the basics of the Protect-IP/SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill and explained all the process and powers involved and the nasty implications it poses for us, the world, the internet, life, liberty and the pursuit of knowledge. This is just simply unhealthy policy! And thanks to the quick and sturdy response by civil society and the interweb, support for this bill has been undercut! Hopefully soon we can all breathe a little easier.
And if you’re interested in how a bill becomes a law…check out this Schoolhouse Rock video! A TA for one of my policy classes showed it to us last year and US lawmaking suddenly made more (or less) sense! Enjoy!