We’ve been telling you about the damaging effects that seem that the deeper we look into the legislation, the worse it gets. One bit of good news of late has been that more and more are getting on the opposition bandwagon. Most recently the European Parliament adopted a condemnation resolution to the https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/free-vpn-for-chrome-vpn-p/majdfhpaihoncoakbjgbdhglocklcgno. Sorry guys, but here comes the more bad news.
What’s Going On
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, (EFF,) has been looking into the legislation rather closely and has said that the law has been amended, and now includes language that will regulate VPN services, proxies, and many other tools that developers and travelers use. Their attempt is apparently in response to a recent court order that an blacklist a website. The website owners had measures in place before the order could be implemented to circumvent the blockade.
In the amended bill there are measures that would require that VPN services and proxy services to build censorship and filtering routines in their clients. This move could potentially cripple the Private networking industry, the open source community, and will cost those who do not comply with the regulation untold millions. Here are a few of the services that could potentially be permanently injured.
- Anyone developing anonymity, VPN, proxy software, or providing service could be forced to put censorship filtering into their software.
- SSH, and any other software that has proxy and VPN abilities integrated. This would include any tools that web designers use like Mozilla’s User Agent Switcher, Firebug, and downloaders.
- Top Level Domains would be severely limited in their attempt to keep up with all the blacklisting, and if they even missed 1 domain on the list they could be held liable.
- Client-side developers would be in danger of being in violation of the laws. Especially those that use multiple server resolutions.
When you look at the SOPA legislation, it appears they are creating another Great Firewall Of China, maybe they should get some advice there. By threatening and other service providers, in this way, they will create an environment on the internet where everyone is in danger of being censored, blacklisted, seized, and prosecuted. An air of fear.
We always look at these kinds of things and then consider the other things that could go on around them…in this case, we were wondering, “How long will it take before they implement the same monitoring systems that are now being proposed in France?” There they are calling for filtering software to be integrated into the ADSL equipment. BTW, when was the last time you spoke with your Big Brother?