EFF call for signatures from Internet engineers against censorship

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Wed Dec 14 07:21:19 UTC 2011

> but the letter needs to be updated for two bills, SOPA and PIPA, that are
> close to passing through US Congress now.

Stanford law school CIS (Center for Internet and Society) had a panel on SOPA 
a week ago.
  What's Wrong with SOPA?
  That's got a link to the talk on youtube: 2 hours.

I thought it was very good.  (I'm may be biased.  I live in Silicon Valley, 
not Hollywood.)

The handout also has a link to a white paper on the DNS issues.

  Security and Other Technical Concerns Raised by the
    DNS Filtering Requirements in the PROTECT IP Bill
    Steve Crocker, Shinkuro, Inc.
    David Dagon, Georgia Tech
    Dan Kaminsky, DKH
    Danny McPherson, Verisign, Inc.
    Paul Vixie, Internet Systems Consortium

My opinions (US centric):

  Everybody agrees that Hollywood has problems with getting ripped off.

  The bill should be dumped rather than patched until it is good enough.  (If 
you are a cynic, you would propose that the really terrible parts of the bill 
were put there so that the good guys would focus on getting them removed and 
ignore the parts that were only bad.)

  Technically, it won't work.  (Spammer's have lots of practice creating 
domains faster than people can black list them and/or hiding in legitimate 
domains.)  See URL above.

  Technically, the unintended consequences are nasty.  (at least the ones we 
can see)  Our legal quirks are already hurting US based cloud servers.

  Internationally, it's shooting ourselves in the foot.  Hillary Clinton is 
on record as saying the Internet should be open.  If China did something like 
this we would make fun of them.  If we block their domains, they can block 
Google and such.  (They are undoubtedly better at it than we are.  Google 
gets a lot of its income from offshore.)

  There is no due-process.  The AG could take down Google.  There is already 
a good example of the government taking down a legitimate domain without 
being willing to provide any justification:
  Breaking News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All 
Due Process, Hide All Details...

  This whole mess is a wonderful example of why many citizens are cynical 
about Congress.  It looks like the MPAA/RIAA can buy whatever they want.

These are my opinions, not necessarily my employer's.  I hate spam.

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