Protecting an uncensored Internet: the global response to SOPA legislation
In late January 2012, Internet companies such as Google, Wikipedia, Flickr and Mozilla Firefox shut down their sites in protest against the introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Millions of internet users took to social media to pledge their disapproval for these laws which opponents claim will threaten free speech and innovation. The power of this public response caused the withdrawal of support from key politicians, defeating the legislation and sending it back to the drawing boards.
This expert panel explored at the legislation and explains why it was introduced, analysed the response from the Internet community and the bigger issues surrounding online piracy and Internet censorship.
Featuring Dr Nic Suzor (QUT researcher in law and technology), Dr Sean Rintel (UQ, social communication technology researcher) and Dr Axel Bruns (QUT researcher in social media mapping, citizen journalism and online publishing). Facilitated by Mark Fallu (Griffith University).
When: Wed 1 Feb 2012, 6:00 pm
Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2
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