Before and After SOPA
Published 10:35, 14 May 12
A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Reykjavik Digital Freedoms Conference with the title "Before and After SOPA". Much of it will be familiar to readers of this blog, since it was reviewing the events around the extraordinary anti-SOPA Internet Blackout Day on January 18, which has now emerged as a turning-point in Net activism, and exploring what might happen now. As usual, I've embedded my slides below, and they may also be viewed online and downloaded.
The defeat, even if only temporary, of SOPA and PIPA was surely one key factor in the sudden upswelling of protests against ACTA, which until that point had seemed almost certain to be ratified in the EU. The actions against SOPA and ACTA have led to renewed analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), currently being negotiated behind closed doors in Dallas. It's too early to hope that a similar victory may result there, too, but it's certainly the case that more people are becoming aware of TPP and its appalling proposals.
A new site has been created by Public Knowledge to detail these in the area of copyright, which has also put together a good introduction to the treaty, which I recommend to anyone who wants to get up to speed here.