There’s a great deal to be said about SOPA and its repercussions on public discourse within the realm of IT. Never has a single legislative proposal created such an uproar throughout the information security community and high-tech corporate enterprise at the same time. Usually we see tech companies making market shifts or platform changes that tend to be much to the chagrin to the IT community or a group of idle network security professionals sticking it to the man in a public display of sub-par security standards (looking at you, Lulz-Sec and Sony).
January 18th marked the first time in recent memory (granted, I was born in 1983) that we’ve witnessed Furtune-500 corporations, information security professional and the general populace (I’ve heard some of my most technically un-inclined friends complain about SOPA to my amazement) all join together in a powerful outpouring of fiery opposition to legislation on the floor of Congress. Sure, it may seem like business as usual for corporate America to stonewall the legislative branch of government over bills we know little about or IT gurus to complain over new draft standards put to market without official oversight (802.11n draft, anyone?), but when was the last time you legitimately could not read a Wikipedia article, look through classifieds on Craigslist, waste time on Reddit or troubleshoot your own WordPress blog — all in the same day?
We’ve just witnessed the the web in revolt. The way the digital world interacts with government has changed forever.
More of our thoughts in the days to come.