January 19, 2012
We cannot deny the power internet has brought upon every individual – suddenly we all have a say; suddenly we can influence many; suddenly, earning knowledge is a click away. As Dakila pointed out in its Digital Activism Program, the extensive reach of social media and digital applications have facilitated the spread of social advocacies by exponential numbers in ways we have never imagined before.
Civil society has no doubt been empowered through the internet. We see this evidently in the latest uprisings and revolutions that have been happening around the world. And the internet has been instrumental in communication and knowledge sharing which has eventually lead to the success of many of these revolutions.
As an organization composed of artists, Dakila understands the need for a law to stop piracy and copyright infringement and to protect intellectual property rights but not at the expense of free speech and integrity of the internet. Simply put, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are poorly constructed bills that threaten free speech on the internet more than it protects intellectual property rights.
Although SOPA and PIPA are American legislations, its effects will not stop at American borders. The internet is a global village, where physical geographical borders are blurred and where people share information and knowledge among each other regardless of geographical location. With SOPA and PIPA, information and knowledge sharing not only threatens America, but threatens the world as a whole.
Dakila opposes SOPA and PIPA. The internet has been one of the keys to the democratization of several countries, has helped the fight of the 99%, has aided in bringing human rights violations to light. Now more than ever we see its importance in the role to uphold human rights and people’s dignity. The internet, an activist’s tool for revolution and social change, should not be bound by laws that harm more than they benefit.
We have been more empowered and have done things which, ten years ago, we would not have thought we were capable of doing. Let’s us not let an ill-conceived bill take these away from us.
Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
19 January 2012
- SOPA & PIPA More good things thrown away than bad things (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
- Proposed SOPA and PIPA Bills Endanger Free Speech and Small Businesses (wolfsheadonline.com)
- RE: SOPA/PIPA – Please Join The Censorship Protest (acyydreign.wordpress.com)
- Rage – SOPA & PIPA (shravanaras.wordpress.com)
- STOP SOPA AND PIPA : Protect Internet , Don;t Censor the Web (islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com)
- US PIPA and SOPA Acts and the Internet Blackout (janespoliticalramblings.wordpress.com)
- Weighing In On SOPA-PIPA (pubrants.blogspot.com)
- [SOPA] Please Help Stop SOPA and PIPA (androidcrib.com)