Internet activists on Friday celebrated Internet Freedom Day, marking the one year anniversary of widespread online protests against controversial antipiracy legislation.
Last January, Congress was considering two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Protect IP Act, or PIPA, meant to crackdown on copyright violation, which content creators say costs them billions in lost revenue each year.
But members of the tech industry countered that the proposed bills would stifle innovation, undermine the very architecture of the web, and limit free speech online. The legislation sparked an Internet outcry, with thousands of websites large and small blacking out in protest. In response, key lawmakers withdrew their support and effectively killed the legislation.
But on Friday, Internet activists warned that other government and industry efforts underway and laws already on the books are equally troubling, and they asked supporters to sign petitions to protest them on the website internetfreedom.net.
Here are some of the issues they are concerned about: