UPDATE: Lawmakers are backing away from the SOPA and Protect IP bills, but these bills are still not completely dead. Reddit, Wikipedia and others are still planning a 24 hour blackout for Wednesday, January 18. SOPAblackout.org has published a little script that allows anyone running a website to participate in the SOPA blackout. They even have a handy SOPA Blackout WordPress plugin.
You may have heard some talk of Protect IP and SOPA by now, up for vote in January. In a nut shell, opposers of this bill fear:
- It will bring government internet censorship like seen in China to the States.
- Content creators will have their sites shutdown for so much as linking to a site infringing the new legislation.
- Sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the like may never have come into existence with such laws in place and the future for new startups will become bleak.
December has been a big month for news and here is a quick roundup of a few items on the browser front.
My favorite bit is: The death of IE6 😀News