Raging Grannies Come Out Against SOPA/PIPA
from the don't-upset-your-grandmother dept
Even a group of (very politically active) grandmothers have come out against SOPA/PIPA. They note that it’s rare that they agree with internet companies like Google & Facebook (they’ve protested both companies in the past), but that this is a very important issue to them:
The language in both of these bills is written with a very broad paintbrush. Their passage would have a huge impact on the work of human rights advocates who speak out against injustice on sites that could easily be labelled “rogue” websites. It’s a slippery slope when censorship reigns.
The indymedia network that thrives on open publishing (and our favorite www.indybay.org here in the San Francisco Bay Area) would be subject to censorship, defeating the very purpose of its existence. Similar platforms created to provide anonymity to whistleblowers could become major casualties of these bills.
All to save Hollywood’s bottom line?