Could SOPA and PIPA have hindered our State Department’s democracy promotion efforts by silencing critics of repressive governments abroad?
"There was another, related, but underappreciated potential consequence of SOPA and PIPA: damage to U.S. foreign policy objectives. For one, there’s the issue of perception…How will the United States look internationally, advocates of Internet freedom argue, if our nation’s own anti-piracy laws undermine the fundamental characteristics of the Internet?"
— Pierce Stanley, “How SOPA Could Have Hindered Our Democracy Promotion Efforts”
For more on the aftermath of last week’s SOPA protests, read TNR Legal Affairs Editor Jeffrey Rosen on why SOPA was a bad solution to a real problem.
Photo courtesy of news.com.au.
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