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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Lamar Smith’

The Ghost Of SOPA Has Come Back To Haunt Us In New Bill

It was pretty awesome to see the Internet come together to beat back SOPA and PIPA. It was one of the defining moments of the Internet, but many people knew it wasn’t over. Like the end of a particularly good film, the villain vows he will return for a sequel as he is cast into oblivion. Unfortunately, Rep. Lamar Smith …

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Lamar Smith Greeted With “Don’t Mess with the Internet” Billboard

In case you’ve already forgotten who Lamar Smith is, take a moment to remind yourself. If that’s too much reading, in short, he was one of the primary sponsors of the SOPA bill that rocked the Internet a couple of months ago. While most Internet users have moved on to whatever’s currently trending, thankfully, some haven’t forgotten the damage Smith’s …

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Reddit’s TestPAC Raises $9,000 Against SOPA Creator Lamar Smith

Texas Representative Lamar Smith, creator of nasty Internet legislation SOPA, has attracted the ire of the Internet for quite some time. It wasn’t until recently that the Internet decided to do something about it beyond just a blackout or creating funny memes blasting politicians. Reddit is playing by the rules and is on the ground in Texas to head up …

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Don’t Mess With The Internet: Billboard Planned For Lamar Smith’s District

Remember Lamar Smith? He’s the guy who brought you both SOPA and H.R. 1981, a bill that would require ISPs to save customers’ IP addresses and other identifying information for over a year. In other words, he’s not exactly a guy you’d invite to your birthday party, provided you’re a fan of internet privacy and digital freedom. While Smith might …

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Lamar Smith Doesn’t Care About Personal Privacy on the Internet

While SOPA is holding on to its dying breaths for dear life, Lamar Smith has apparently moved on to bigger and better things: Monitoring every aspect of your online behavior, details which would be available to any government agency without a warrant, all in the name of “protecting children” from the evils of adults, or something. Actually, Smith’s new draconian …

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Canadian Anti-Privacy Bill Is Just Like H.R. 1981

Canadian Conservatives are trying to push through a new network monitoring bill and anybody who opposes such a blatant attack on privacy are said to be supporters of child pornography. The Globe and Mail reports that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is set to introduce Lawful Access legislation into the House of Commons today. Now that the Conservatives have the …

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SOPA and PIPA Are Not Quite Dead Yet

While some may view the shelving of the infamous piracy bills as the death of both SOPA and PIPA, both bills remain alive with active supporters in both houses of the U.S. government. This means the bills are not dead at all. Dormant is perhaps a better descriptor, but make no mistake, the anti-piracy bills have not been buried and …

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H.R. 1981 Is A Turd Wrapped In Cotton Candy

Sometimes it feels like we’re all just playing a big game of electronic privacy whack-a-mole. And if we hold true to that analogy, the next mole that needs to be whacked might look cute on the outside – but it needs to be crushed nonetheless. Ever since the giant internet-wide SOPA protests that went down last Wednesday, people have been …

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Lamar Smith To Delay SOPA Until “Wider Agreement On Solution”

It appears that both SOPA and PIPA are hitting the backburner today. Early Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he will postpone an upcoming procedural vote on the Protect IP Act “in light of recent events.” And now, Stop Online Piracy Act author Lamar Smith says that his House Judiciary Committee will not move on the bill until …

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Wikipedia’s SOPA / PIPA Blackout Seen By 162 Million People

Everybody make it through yesterday’s Internet-wide protest? Everyone still in one piece? Good. Now, let’s take a moment to consider the aftermath of Wikipedia’s protest of SOPA/PIPA yesterday. While reports are coming in that 4.5 million people signed Google’s anti-SOPA petition yesterday, Wikipedia has shared the information gathered from the 24-hour total blackout of their English-language page. The press release …

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Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006

Google is protesting SOPA, but apparently the company has given the bill’s author a total of $17,000 since 2006. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones writes on Google+: “Surprising thing I noticed: Google’s NetPAC has given Rep. Lamar Smith (the architect of SOPA) $17,000 over the past 6 transparency years.” She links to this pdf showing all of Google NetPAC’s …

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SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February

If you needed any more proof that SOPA isn’t really dead, just delayed, look no further. Despite calls that SOPA, for all intents and purposes, had been killed in the House of Representatives, the truth was that the harmful legislation had simply been put on the backburner. Just ask Lamar Smith, SOPA author: Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume …

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