As Google goes black, Congress prepares to debate PIPA
The voluntary blackout of websites today including English-language Wikipedia and Reddit was coordinated to coincide with a hearing planned for today by congressional opponents of rogue sites legislation
hearing, scheduled by Republican Darrell Issa of California
in the House Oversight Committee was to be titled "Government
Mandated DNS Blocking and Search Takedowns - Will It End the
Internet as We Know It?" The key witness was to be
cybersecurity specialist Stewart Baker, who authored a paper
last year arguing SOPA would undermine efforts to create a more
secure DNS system.
Sites including Google (logo right), Wikipedia and Reddit are
protesting today by blacking out their logos or blocking
access to their sites.
The planned hearing raised the prospect of Issa criticising
a fellow Republican, SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith of Texas. House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor stepped in, with Issa saying Sunday
that he would postpone the hearing because Cantor had promised
not to allow SOPA to advance to a House...
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