PIPA or the Protect IP Act
SOPA or the Stop Online Piracy Act
ACTA or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
You must remember the internet blackout earlier in the year, Wikipedia google and other major websites shut down or blacked out in some way. Well, they were protesting against these acts.
These are government policies essentially aimed at cracking down on internet piracy. SOPA and PIPA were being considered by US congress, while ACTA is an agreement already being implemented in countries all over the world.
The problem with these policies is that they are threatening the open and free nature of the internet. It’s basically censorship. The wording of these documents is very vague, and the powers given to them too extreme. For example, if content deemed pirated is found on a website, even if it’s in a comment left by a random user, the website could be removed. How ridiculous is that?