Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a pair of bills that threaten Internet freedom. – Slate Magazine

Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a pair of bills that threaten Internet freedom. – Slate Magazine.

The Internet’s Intolerable Acts

You should be very afraid of a pair of bills that threaten Internet freedom.

Posted Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at 7:19 AM ET

The United States of America was forged in resistance to collective reprisals—the punishment of many for the acts of few. In 1774, following the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed a series of laws—including the mandated closure of the port of Boston—meant to penalize the people of Massachusetts. These abuses of power, labeled the “Intolerable Acts,” catalyzed the American Revolution by making plain the oppression of the British crown.

More than 200 years later, the U.S. Congress is considering bills that would lead to collective reprisals against online communities.* The Senate’s PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House are supposed to address copyright infringement and counterfeiting. In reality, they are so technically impractical that they do little to address these problems. They would, however, undermine participatory democracy and human rights, which is why these bills have garnered near-universal condemnation from both human rights groups and technologists.

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