SOPA/PIPA Update

On Jan. 13th, 2012, David Kravets wrote for Wired on SOPA and PIPA, the controversial legislation designed to fight online copyright infringement.  There has been fierce resistance to the legislation because many feel that it would limit the internet's freedom and compromise the DNS (the naming system that underlies the internet).  According to the article, Rep. Lamar Smith (the sponsor of SOPA) decided to remove the provision that would force ISPs to perform DNS redirects of "sites the attorney general concludes are facilitating online copyright and trademark infringement."  The DNS blocking provision was one of the more controversial provisions in the legislation.

The article notes that PIPA, SOPA's cousin in the Senate, could receive a full floor vote soon.  SOPA, on the other hand, has yet to make it out of committee.

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On Jan. 14th, 2012, Catharine Smith reported for the Huffington Post that even the White House has come out against SOPA/PIPA.  Calling the legislation the "E-PARASITE Act", Obama administration members (including Howard Schmidt) said that "the White House will not support legislation that disrupts the open standards of the Internet." 

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On Jan. 11th, 2012, John Fontana wrote for ZDNet on the implications of SOPA/PIPA's passage for NSTIC.  NSTIC is an "identity ecosystem" initiative that seeks to transition from passwords to stronger identity credentials (like a cell phone).  Fontana writes that SOPA/PIPA could poison NSTIC's "burgeoning identity infrastructure" through the use of DNS blocking.

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On Jan. 13th, 2012, Stephen Chapman wrote  for ZDNet on the upcoming SOPA protests.  Committee hearings on SOPA are going to resume Jan. 18th.  On that day, look for self-imposed blackouts by your favorite websites.  These websites are using the blackouts to send a message regarding SOPA/PIPA and internet censorship.  Reddit will be offline from 8am-8pm on Jan. 18th.  Wikipedia previously blacked out its site in protest.  According to the article, many want Facebook and Google to join the party in order to create maximum awareness.  Moreover, the article notes that WordPress has created a SOPA plugin which blacks out your own blog.

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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