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Stop Online Piracy Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act is a United States bill looking expand the ability of law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Known as SOPA, many powerful organizations fought the bill vociferously, claiming it stifles freedom of speech and innovation.

Online reference tool Wikipedia was one of the foremost opponents of SOPA. The site was blacked out in protest of the bill.
Online reference tool Wikipedia was one of the foremost opponents of SOPA. The site was blacked out in protest of the bill. // Wikipedia

A Key Element of SOPA Is Back

August 27, 2013 And so are the petitioners on We the People, as they try to keep YouTube song covers from becoming felonies.

Protestors wearing Guy Fawks masks hold the logos of the international hacker group Anonymous during a demonstration against online censorship laws.

The Internet Is Not Freaking Out About the SOPA Sequel

April 22, 2013 Over 200 sites are participating in an Internet shutdown to protest the new bill, however, a few major names are missing.

Advocacy group details 2013 Internet freedom goals

January 18, 2013 Protecting cellphone location data and reforming the patent system are priorities.

CEA chief Gary Shapiro and other tech industry representatives, along with U.S. government officials, have voiced concern about proposals that could be offered at next week's ITU meeting in Dubai.

CEA chief calls for SOPA movement to block anti-net proposals

November 28, 2012 “The world needs a PIPA-SOPA moment,” CEA chief Gary Shapiro told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday.

 Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

Reddit is literally writing our laws now

November 20, 2012 Rep. Zoe Lofgren hopes to enlist the power of the crowd to write new Internet laws.

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.

Bono Mack urges Senate action on Internet resolution

August 15, 2012 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced a similar resolution in the Senate, which has attracted 32 co-sponsors from both parties.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Cali.

Congressman Darrell Issa's call to the Internet's right side

July 25, 2012 The House member makes the case that a conservative approach is the best hope for keeping the Internet open.

What it means to be free: Groups clash over how to ensure open Internet

July 6, 2012 Recent declaration spawns reaction from Congress.

This declaration of Internet freedom is vague

July 2, 2012 At fewer than 100 words, the declaration's length seems itself to be an attack on the anti-Internet contingent.

Coons: Cybersecurity, IP enforcement don't need to undermine web freedom

May 11, 2012 The issues don't have to be mutually exclusive, Delaware senator says.

House Cyber Legislation: Debunking the SOPA Myth

April 25, 2012 In January, an Internet phenomenon never experienced in D.C. before lead to the presumed death of two bills: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protection IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate.

Cybersecurity is Coming! Cybersecurity is Coming!

April 17, 2012 As widely reported, next week will be busy as the House takes up a series (probably) of cybersecurity bills as part of the House Republican Leadership's designated "Cybersecurity Week."

Anonymous Darkens UK Sites Over Extraditions, Web Monitoring

April 9, 2012 Activist groups displeased with Europe's reported Internet monitoring plans and extradition practices claimed to have disabled the websites of Britain's Home Office and Justice Ministry over the weekend.

Cloud computing's success hinges on rapid certification

March 2, 2012 The FedRAMP accreditation program aims to quickly approve security controls of Web-based services.

Plans to curb online piracy stall in gun-shy Congress

March 2, 2012 It's been more than a month since lawmakers shelved legislation to help curb piracy on foreign websites and neither side appears ready yet to sit down and figure out the next steps.

Upcoming Senate Cyber Bill: No SOPA Here Folks...

February 10, 2012 In the last couple of days, a number of blogs and stories have popped up questioning whether the Senate cybersecurity legislation to be introduced next week incorporates the ill-fated SOPA/PIPA legislation or is somehow going to harm the Internet as many claimed SOPA/PIPA would.

Are EU data rules worse than SOPA?

January 31, 2012 Information Week

On Town Halls and Social Media

January 27, 2012 The social media town hall has become a staple of the Obama Administration with events conducted via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube in the past three years and a Google Plus hangout scheduled for Monday.

President's Challenge Site: Temporarily Hack[y] Sacked?

January 20, 2012 Visitors to the President's Challenge Physical Activity, Nutrition and Fitness Awards program website on Thursday were in for a surprise when instead of the fitness page they received the following message:

Here's what the Twittersphere #Ask[ed]State

January 6, 2012 As part of its 21st Century Statecraft month, the State Department is accepting Twitter questions during January in 10 languages under the hash tag #AskState.

Tech Titans Combat SOPA, Protect IP Act with Communications 1.0

December 14, 2011 A who's who of information technology entrepreneurs has taken to a very traditional medium to defend their interests -- a full page ad in the New York Times.