HowStuffWorks pointed out that the Internet became a reality was due to space race. It was the Russians who launched Sputnik into space which prompted the Americans to form Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1958. ARPA was then formed ARPANET. HowStuffWorks claimed without ARPANET, the Internet wouldn’t look and behave as how it’s today. If the facts are true as how HowStuffWorks described in its article How did the Internet start? — we can somewhat come to a conclusion that the Internet was intentionally wired the way it had been wired. This knowledge gives rise to some of us today that we could have also wired the Internet differently if we wanted to, right? Perhaps, we might never know if the wiring of the Internet was different would be a bad thing, or it might be something even better than what we have now (i.e., today Internet).
Recently, SOPA creates worries for geeks and technical folks out there. They fear the current Internet might become something much worse if SOPA gets pass soon. SOPA was a reason why I’d mentioned in my other SOPA articles that smart and technical knowhow folks might create their own Internets if they so wish to not be affected by a post SOPA Internet era. Today, I stumbled onto the article Hackers Said to be Planning to Launch Own Satellites to Combat Censorship, and I wasn’t surprised to see somebody else was already had a plan for the idea of creating a new Internet. Since we know Internet was started by a satellite, therefore these hackers might be on the right track. Perhaps, these hackers might even come up with new ways to create newer version of Internets without requiring of satellites. You never know! It does feel like once a hornet nest is poked, there isn’t a going back.
I sure hope the folks who support SOPA by now know that besides the integrity of the Internet structures, there is also the belief in the spirit of the Internet. The spirit of the Internet is embodied by countless Internet users, and the majority of them believe the Internet should not be a draconian reality (relatively speaking a reality of a digital world of course). Of course, it’s understandable stealing is bad. So, I’m not arguing that downloading contents without permissions is bad, but I’m arguing that the approach to stomp out piracy should not be draconic and vague. When a blanket approach such as SOPA is to be passed as a way to stop online piracy, it isn’t requiring a rocket scientist to figure out that any party with more money, influences, and power might be able to force another party to go out of business even though such a party might not violate the rules and regulations that govern by SOPA.
I think if the governments of the world are naively rolling out more vague/blanket rules and regulations to regulate the current Internet, they might find themselves not only have to regulate one Internet but many more Internets. Also, they might have to find new rules and regulations to explain to their dear citizens why they have to even create new rules and regulations to regulate the particular Internets. Will they come out a law that ban people from forming their own Internets? I wonder how people will react to such a law. I’m also curious, if there are more than one Internets, would it be a bad thing or a good thing for e-commerce?
- GoDaddy Drops Support for SOPA, Avoids Backlash, Boycott (pcworld.com)
- Cory Doctorow Speaks Out About The Coming War On General Purpose Computation (essayboard.com)
- Big Game Makers Take Names Off SOPA Support [Sopa] (kotaku.com)
- Why Rackspace Opposes the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (rackspace.com)
- All About SOPA, the Bill That Wants to Cripple Your Internet Very Soon (could be the end of FR???) (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Hearings on Controversial Internet-Regulating SOPA Delayed to 2012 [Video] (kotaku.com)
- SOPA/PIPA Copyright Bills Also Target American Sites (ammori.org)
- Anti-SOPA sopa (boingboing.net)
- Nintendo, Sony and EA quietly drop SOPA support (venturebeat.com)
- Anonymous posts threat against Sony (and Justin Bieber) over SOPA support (thenextweb.com)
- Hackers Said to be Planning to Launch Own Satellites to Combat Censorship (pcworld.com)
- This means war! Reddit declares war on any business that supports SOPA (bazaardaily.com)
- Anonymous throws down the SOPA gauntlet and targets Sony [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- SOPA: Endgame Is Total Internet Censorship (mountainrepublic.net)
- SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act: Hollywood Battles Internet Companies To Protect Itself From Piracy (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Here’s How Hackers Plan On Getting Around That Internet Censorship Bill (businessinsider.com)
- SOPA: What you can do about it (referralcandy.com)
- I Might Be Completely Clueless On SOPA Or I Might Be Right That SOPA Can Curb Innovations! (essayboard.com)
- GoDaddy Boycott over SOPA Support Still On, Exodus Looms (techland.time.com)
- Corporate Supporters Back Away from SOPA (blogworld.com)
- Formation of Internet (dirtech.in)