This would seem to support the movement for keeping internet freedom a priority – a movement that keeps resurfacing as worries grow and governments continue to increase their influence of companies…
Going back to 2012 there was a petition to highlight these concerns as more and more governments are seen to tinker with the workings of the free internet.
Those behind the this declaration stated…
“We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. “To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation and more open societies.”
Admirable sentiments, surely. And the movement has gathered enough steam to block two attempts at control in the US in recent years:
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), would have allowed the U.S. government to seek a court order forcing Internet service providers (ISPs) to block foreign websites enabling or facilitating piracy for U.S. Internet users, among other measures. (Mashable)
However, in June 2015, a site blocking bill was passed was passed by the Australian senate – far too easily, many would say. Why did this come to pass when there are so many arguing against this kind of interference?
The small Australian population, the fact that most influential online companies are foreign, and the stark silence of homegrown digital players are all potential factors in the lack of cohesive action against Australia’s ill-advised site blocking bill. (Mashable)
This is a very interesting and critical time for internet freedom, something we all need to be aware of.
Where do you stand on internet freedom and the battle against piracy?