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Protesting SOPA and PIPA With Web Blackouts

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Google's look to protest SOPA

Since our last post on the topic of SOPA back in December, there has been a few significant events that have caused our concerns regarding SOPA to move over to PIPA.

First, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that he plans to make a manager’s amendment to SOPA to remove the DNS blocking provisions from the bill. It seems as though Congress has recognized the importance of the way the DNS is constructed and how the former provisions would have caused a fracturing of the DNS and put up false barriers to the ongoing deployment and support of DNSSEC.

As we blogged in December, the technical means for implementing SOPA now lie with the domain registrar and the authoritative DNS provider – the same way that Internet abuse handling techniques have handled these issues for years.

Second, Dyn has begun to monitor a piece of legislation known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) that was introduced to the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy. The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the bill, but it has been placed on hold by Senator Ron Wyden. This bill also has provisions for DNS based redirection and blocking of sites, which we continue to believe that in implementation will result in a degradation of DNS services offered across the Internet.

Third, today marks a day of active web protest against SOPA and PIPA, indicating that an implementation of SOPA or PIPA would effectively subject the Internet to U.S. national censorship; a concept which becomes a technical feasibility under the implementation of SOPA or PIPA. Sites including Wikipedia and Google are participating in the protest by blocking out portions of their web sites from access today.

Frankly, these protests prove a point on what the result of such legislation could levy against Internet operations as a whole. You can learn more about this web protest here. If you look at the upper left of Dyn’s website, you can see an update of our logo to voice our opposition.

At Dyn, we continue to strongly oppose any legislation that puts the stability and availability of the global DNS system as risk. We believe that there are existing processes at the domain name registrar and authoritative DNS levels to deal with the issues raised by SOPA and PIPA and that DNS-level blocking or redirection would effectively break the DNS.


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Tom Daly is a co-founder of Dyn, a pioneer in managed DNS and a leader in cloud-based infrastructure that connects users with digital content and experiences across a global internet.