It will probably happen. SOPA will pass. Despite the massive opposition to it, Congress, a bunch of old people who have likely never used the
Internet, seems poise to pass the horrible bill.
Still, all might not be lost. Plan A was to stop it, but Plan B is to work around it. Where there's a will there's a way. As a personal side note, in
high school, sites like Facebook, YouTube, and pretty much every game site was blocked. But there were always ways around the censorship. It became a
sort of cat and mouse game between students and county officials in charge of the blocking. At first, there were proxies. Once those were blocked,
people turned toward something called "UltraSurf", which worked for a couple years. Then, once that stopped working, people went back to proxies but
scoured through lists of web proxies to find one that wasn't blocked, which of course there always were.
But perhaps the most interesting part of all of this was how word spread. Every workaround sort of went viral within the school system. As an example,
with UltraSurf, someone I know found it and copied the file to my flash drive. I gave it to a few people, who gave it to a few more people, and within
a week everyone had it. The same thing happened when I downloaded a portable version of Halo: Combat Evolved. I gave it to a few people, who gave it
to a few more, and within a few weeks, everyone had it. It actually created a big problem because it slowed down the school network to a crawl. My
point is that even if the government uses a different type of blocking, a workaround will be found and once it is, it will go viral, maybe even if
it's just in flash drive form.
The type of blocking the government would use in SOPA is called DNS blocking. It's a rather simple type of blocking, which means unblocking could be
simple as well. Basically what it does is that it blocks you entering www.site.com into your address bar without taking down the site. Already,
workarounds are being found. This is called "DeSopa"
DeSopa Download Link (it's a FireFox plugin)
A developer who calls himself T Rizk doesn't have much faith in Congress making the right decision on anti-piracy legislation, so he's built a work
around for the impending censorship measures being considered DeSOPA. The Firefox add-on is stunningly simple as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
would block specific domain names of allegedly infringing sites.
Firefox, which already boasts an outspoken stance against SOPA, and has already shown they are willing to stand by add-on developers who create
circumvention extensions designed to go around measures currently employed by Homeland Security, has welcomed a new add-on, one that is designed to
circumvent whatever SOPA website blacklists that are created, provided the bills become law.
A new anti-SOPA add-on for Firefox, titled “DeSopa” is such a counter measure.When installed, users can click a single button to resolve a blocked
domain via foreign DNS servers, bypassing all domestic DNS blockades and allowing the user to browse the site though the bare IP-address (if
supported).“I feel that the general public is not aware of the gravity of SOPA and Congress seems like they are about to cater to the special
interests involved, to the detriment of Internet, for which I and many others live and breathe,” DeSopa developer T Rizk told.
“It could be that a few members of congress are just not tech savvy and don’t understand that it is technically not going to work, at all. So
here’s some proof that I hope will help them err on the side of reason and vote SOPA down,” he adds.
I'm sure many more workaround will appear and if you find any, feel free to post them here. But it should be noted that many people will not stand for
this and there WILL be workarounds to access a Post-SOPA Internet.
edit on 6-1-2012 by mossme89 because: (no reason given)