Online protests against SOPA and PIPA


The Internet is on strike.  Among the many web sites making their position known, Wikipedia’s English language site is offline (or, hard to get to):

Google has censored their name on their home page and in search results:

All this is in protest to the United States’ proposed Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Acts.  Outside of the battle of free speech versus intellectual property and the potential chilling effects of these bills, the technical enforcement methods in these bills include monkeying with DNS in a way that breaks DNSSEC.

We’ve reported on the issue before, here and here.  On Saturday, the White House showed that they understand:

We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet. Proposed laws must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security. Our analysis of the DNS filtering provisions in some proposed legislation suggests that they pose a real risk to cybersecurity and yet leave contraband goods and services accessible online. We must avoid legislation that drives users to dangerous, unreliable DNS servers and puts next-generation security policies, such as the deployment of DNSSEC, at risk.

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