Today, Mozilla has joined the virtual strike against Internet censorship – along with others like Wikipedia and Google – to raise awareness of US Congress legislation that could fundamentally alter the Internet we know and love.
The harmful legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate, will be voted on as early as January 24th in the Senate.
What makes this legislation so bad? Here’s how it would change the Web:
1. Communication platforms – from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon – could be shut down if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
2. It would make the Web less stable and less secure.
3. Social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, stunting innovation and undermining free expression.
4.Your Internet provider could be required to inspect all of your traffic and browsing.