The actions around the Internet blackout on Wednesday 18 January are already being recognised as a watershed in digital activism. For the first time, key Internet companies came together with millions of Internet users to express their concern over the SOPA and PIPA legislation that is currently making its way through the US legislative system. But to understand why this confrontation happened, we need to look back not just at the last few years, but the last few centuries. Doing so will help digital activists to formulate a strategy for the future, when the forces behind SOPA/PIPA – and the equally troubling Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – try again and again to push through similar legislation and secret treaties, to the detriment of the Internet and all who use it.
About Glyn Moody
Glyn Moody is a technology writer. He is best known for his book Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution. It describes the evolution and significance of the free software and open source movements with many interviews of all the notable hackers.
Glyn Moody’s personal website is located at http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/.
Bio and image taken from Wikipedia.