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Concerned about SOPA?
From what I've read, the proposed "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) looks like it would add a big mess to DNS, forcing a layer of top-down controls into a system that is distributed by design. Here's the bill: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf That is ugly enough, even without considering the possibilities for abuse. In addition, EFF suggests that the legislation is vague enough to have wider-ranging effects, e.g. touching VPN and SSH clients. ( https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/11/hollywood-new-war-on-software-free... ) Are any of you doing anything officially about this? EFF, Free Software Foundation and several other groups are calling for sites to "censor" their logos and link to info about SOPA this Wednesday: http://www.americancensorship.org/ I'm not sure if my college, or non-profit EDUs in general, can take political action as institutions, but I'll at least contact my representatives and complain, as a networking professional, about the technical ugliness of these proposals. BoingBoing has a more "user orientated" page: http://boingboing.net/2011/11/11/stop-sopa-save-the-internet.html Steve Bohrer Network Admin Bard College at Simon's Rock 413-528-7645 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.