We had already seen OpenDNS publicly come out against SOPA and PROTECT IP
, and it appears other DNS providers are doing so as well. Dyn has come out strongly against the bill
as well, comparing it directly to the Great Firewall of China.
Are you familiar with the Great Firewall Of China? Sometimes referred to as the Golden Shield project, itís a Chinese government censorship and Internet surveillance project kicked off in 1998 and put into action in 2003. Simply put, it enables the government to restrict what content its citizens can read and view via IP blocking and DNS filtering. If they donít like a site request a user makes, it wonít get viewed.
Many dismiss whatís happening in China and chalk to up to their communist political system. That could never happen in a free speech-driven, rights for all society like we have in the United States, right?
If the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) introduced this week gets enacted into law, things could change negatively for Americans which is why Dyn opposes the bill.
Once again, this isn't just some "easy to dismiss" ranting from "the usual crowd." This is from a company that actually runs a DNS system and knows directly how this law will create the functional equivalent of the way blocking is done in China. It stuns me that politicians and folks at the MPAA still want to pretend that the concerns over DNS are nothing to pay attention to and that techies can just "change some code" to fix them.