Job Creators, Internet Architects and Security Experts Hate SOPA

George Washington's picture

I noted last month that SOPA would destroy jobs and the economy.

As Digital Trends points out:

The list of SOPA opponents also includes 425 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs — i.e. job creators. The
editorial boards of The New York Times and Los Angeles Times are on
the list, as are 39 public advocacy groups, nonprofits and think tanks
who believe that SOPA will stifle freedom of speech. These are joined
by 61 international human rights groups, and 116 academics and law experts from the nation’s top law schools. In short: The list of SOPA critics could not be any more legitimate.

And see this.


Digital Trends also reports that the creators of the Internet and security experts oppose SOPA:

83 Internet pioneers — we’re talking people like Vint Cerf, co-designer of TCP/IP; Jim Gettys, editor of the HTTP/1.1 protocol standards; Leonard Kleinrock, a key developer of the ARPANET;
in other words, the very people who built the Internet — who say that
SOPA (and the Protect IP Act, PIPA), “will risk fragmenting the
Internet’s global domain name system (DNS) and have other capricious
technical consequences” because of the bills’ requirement that Internet
service providers block domain names of infringing sites.


In their letter to Congress, this group of Internet founders also
argues that SOPA “will create an environment of tremendous fear and
uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the
credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key
Internet infrastructure.”




Former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker … agrees with the Internet founders when he says
that SOPA will “do great damage to Internet security, mainly by
putting obstacles in the way of DNSSEC, a protocol designed to limit
certain kinds of Internet crime,” among other repercussions.

Indeed, the Internet and security experts opposing this horrible legislation include luminaries such as:

  1. Sandia National Laboratories
  2. Ramaswamy Aditya, built various networks and web/mail content and application hosting providers
  3. Mike Alexander, helped implement one of the first EMail systems to be connected to the Internet
  4. Guy Almes, led the connection of universities in Texas to the NSFnet
  5. Alia Atlas, designed software in a core router (Avici)
  6. Fred Baker, former IETF chair
  7. John Bartas, was technical lead on first commercial IP/TCP software for IBM PCs
  8. Steven Bellovin, invented DNS cache contamination attack
  9. Robert Bonomi, designed, built, and implemented, the Internet presence for a number of large corporations
  10. Seth Breidbart, helped build the Pluribus IMP/TIP for the ARPANET
  11. Jon Callas, worked on Internet security standards including OpenPGP, ZRTP, DKIM, Signed Syslog, SPKI
  12. L. Jean Camp, former Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories
  13. Stephen L. Casner, led the working group that designed Real-time Transport Protocol
  14. Bradford Chatterjee, Network Engineer, helped design backbone network for a nationwide ISP
  15. Noel Chiappa, has been working on the lowest level stuff (the IP protocol level) since 1977
  16. Dr. Richard Clayton, designer of Turnpike; Computer Security researcher at Cambridge University
  17. Walt Daniels, IBM’s contributor to MIME
  18. Steve Deering, Ph.D., invented the IP multicast feature of the Internet
  19. Esther Dyson, founding chairman, ICANN
  20. David Farber, Principal in development of CSNET, NSFNET, NREN, GIGABIT TESTBED
  21. Stephen Farrell, co-author on about 15 RFCs
  22. Elizabeth Feinler, developed naming conventions for Internet top level domains
  23. Jim Gettys, editor of the HTTP/1.1 protocol standards
  24. John Gilmore, co-designed BOOTP (RFC 951), which became DHCP
  25. Steve Goldstein, Program Officer for International Networking Coordination at NSF 1989-2003
  26. Jack Haverty, Principal Investigator for DARPA projects including first Internet development and operation
  27. Simon Higgs, designed the role of the stealth DNS server that protects
  28. Robert M. Hinden, worked on the gateways in the early Internet
  29. Christian Huitema, worked on building the Internet in France and Europe in the 80’s
  30. John Kemp, Principal Software Architect, Nokia
  31. John Klensin, Ph.D., early role in design of Internet applications and coordination and administrative policies
  32. Justin Krejci, helped build and run the two biggest and most successful municipal wifi networks
  33. Dave Kristol, co-author, RFCs 2109, 2965 (Web cookies)
  34. Phil Lapsley, co-author of the Internet Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)
  35. Anthony Lauck, helped design and standardize routing protocols and local area network protocols
  36. Tony Li, co-author of BGP (the protocol used to arrange Internet routing)
  37. Christopher Liljenstolpe, was the chief architect for AS3561 and AS1221
  38. Jon Loeliger, has implemented OSPF, one of the main routing protocols used to determine IP packet delivery
  39. Alexander McKenzie, participated in design of first ARPAnet Host protocols
  40. David Mercer, formerly of The River Internet, provided service to more of Arizona than any local, national ISP
  41. Samuel Moats, senior systems engineer for the Department of Defense
  42. Keith Moore, was on the Internet Engineering Steering Group from 1996-2000
  43. Lyndon Nerenberg, Creator of IMAP Binary extension (RFC 3516)
  44. David Newman, 20 years’ experience in performance testing of Internet infrastructure
  45. Carl Page, helped found eGroups
  46. Craig Partridge, architect of how email is routed through the Internet
  47. John Pettitt, Internet commerce pioneer
  48. Louis Pouzin, designed and implemented first computer network using datagrams
  49. Ryan Rawdon, was on the technical operations team for one of our country’s largest residential ISPs
  50. Glenn Ricart, Managed the original (FIX) Internet interconnection point
  51. Peter Rubenstein, helped to design and build the AOL backbone network, ATDN
  52. Larry Stewart, built the Etherphone at Xerox
  53. Robert W. Taylor, founded Xerox PARC Computer Science Lab which designed first Internet protocol
  54. Paul Timmins, designed and runs the multi-state network of a medium sized telephone and internet company
  55. John Vittal, created the first full email client and the email standards still in use today

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the tower's picture

SOPA is the most unfair competition you can imagine. Prices should fluctuate based on demand. Hollywood refuses to change its price structure and instead wants to use technology to punish us and force us to pay their prices.

If Hollywood changes its price structure people will buy more, it's as simple as that.

And by the way, most people would never buy most of the stuff they download illegaly, so stopping "online piracy" will not neccesarily bring more money in. Again... PRICE STRUCTURE.



blunderdog's picture

The government's been conspiring with all forms of "intellectual property" owners to fix prices for decades.  There's a surtax on blank CDs which gets paid to record companies because someone might copy an album.  One of the old-fashioned kind that comes on a "compact disc."

More of the same.  It's certainly not going to get any better until institutions start collapsing.

Pancho Villa's picture

The main "pirates" that I fear on the internet are the ones who want to tax it. I suspect that SOPA is also intended to aid in the enforcement of the soon-to-be-enacted internet transaction taxes. Sites that are suspected of not withholding will quickly find themselves classified as pirates.

RickC's picture

This government is all about rent seeking and control.  The ret seekers are those who are paying off Congress to pass this horrible law.  The control is government.  They dislike the wide open internet and are slowly trying to exert control.  That is why I also oppose net nutrality.  Leave the government hands off the internet.

The Swedish Chef's picture

"Sopa" in Swedish means either a peice of garbage or sweeping (as in sweeping with a broom). 


You choose wich meaning you find most appropriate.

MacedonianGlory's picture

SOPA in Greek means "don't speak" or "shut up"

non_anon's picture

get off the SOPA box

Whoa Dammit's picture

OT, but possibly of interest to GW (or others here):

Daini is the OTHER Fukushima nuke plant.

One Japanese expert, Hiromitsu Ino, said a Containment Vessel at Fukushima II (Daini) is broken, and they are trying to repair it.

AGuy's picture

Not sure how effective SOPA will be. DNS servers can easily be setup beyond US Borders and people can just configure there machines to use those DNS servers instead of the default DNS servers provided by ISP. Perhaps it will prevent non-technical people from access block sites, but the fileshares will easily circumnavigate DNS filtering. Blocking external DNS servers is impractical, since they can be configured on different TCP or UDP ports, and can be relayed by anyone with a machine running DNS software. DNS is designed to be distributed and fault tolerant.

What SOPA will do is end the US gov't controlling DNS as businesses, countries, and organizions set up a new DNS system that is beyond the control of the US gov't. Watch as technology development makes SOPA irrelevant!





StychoKiller's picture

DNS is just a Human convience, the underlying IP addresses are unaffected by this bogus attempt to curb piracy.  As usual, honest people are the only ones that are gonna be inconvienced by this.

spanish inquisition's picture

Serious note here. Anyone have any issues logging into ZH the last couple of days. I have been getting big lag and now Google has redirected itself to say that I am from Gatlinburg, TN. (If I was the suspicious kind, I would be suspicious)

Hephasteus's picture

i haven't but I checked my email yesterday and got about 30 minutes of ianna unallocated trying to connect to me.

NotApplicable's picture

It's so sad to see otherwise intelligent people begging criminals not to aggress against them.

Is it really so hard to see that these "representatives" have absolutely no legitimacy in the roles they occupy? No it isn't. What is hard though, is admitting one's own complicity in allowing this evil to go unchecked.

Which is why it works so well.

Once again, GW, it is solely because of people like you, that people like them have the ability to destroy society, all because you fear the alternative. That you rail on in support of evil in spite of this knowledge sickens me.

You are no patriot, but just another self-propelled tool, a scoundrel of the lowest order. Without you, evil has no foothold over the lives of anyone. Yet what do you do, but to carry their load by placing it on our backs.

George Washington's picture

NA: I honestly have no idea what you're talking about.  Please explain what you ASSUME my  position is. I'm voting for Ron Paul. 

AGuy's picture

GW: Its referred as the Slashdot effect. A portion of readers will always mis-understand your point and have some sort of twisted view of your article\position.

While I don't always agree with your point of view, you do good work. Thanks for taking the time to research and write about relevant matters.

g speed's picture

well its about money and your rice bowl-- The guy who came up with paint and canvas gets shit but the guy who bought a Renoir on spec wants a million or so for his "investment" ---the world stands on the shoulders of giants but does not care--It just wants to get paid for standing.

Jay Gould Esq.'s picture

Yes, George, and several Army generals came out against the NDAA -- so there are several hundred notable souls who oppose SOPA. What of it ? When the tyrants are neurotically compelled to place their subjects under shod feet, they will have their way. 

NotApplicable's picture

Ok... I understand what you're saying, but I don't know how that applies to begging criminals for permission to live, which is what I'm ranting about (not about the outcome of the facade called SOPA, which will happen, regardless of what the beggars desire, all because people are stupid enough to beg).

Sabibaby's picture

Who exectly is determining who or what is criminal? Is it the same people letting perps walk after they rob their clients, are the criminals the people who want to end corruption? Would these laws shutdown fraudulent banking transactions or would they aid and abbet?



pine_marten's picture

Probably be better to go offline these days anyway.  Dump the cell phones too along with the debit and visa cards.  Cash your paycheck at a kiosk and get money orders for your bills. 

pasttense's picture

But what's this? Al Gore DIDN'T INVENT THE INTERNET!

Sabibaby's picture

He invented the Internets. (plural)

IAmNotMark's picture

It doesn't matter who's against it.

SOPA and PIPA have been bought and paid for.  The whores in Congress have already cashed the checks.

CPL's picture

They'll have to look hard to find an engineer to sign off on any of their projects, which means they can throw billions of dollars at somethign and never get insurance for it.


That list George posted are all heavy hitting engineering and architect firms.  If they don't bless it it'll never get used.  Sure as shootin, they'll send bodies to make their money though.  Probably end up looking like government year end in DoD.


5000 contractors burning the residual year end budget helping define special projects and buying software like Brewsters Millions.

George Washington's picture

+ 1,000,000,000,000 (in gold-backed, not fiat, points!)

Azannoth's picture

Those Autocrats proved 1000x over they don't care about jobs or anything else except the protection of their Rule, and Internet is the #1 threat to them,

even in a country like Germany every 10th video on YouTube is already Copyrighted or Banned for political reasons and you can't watch it without a proxy

Shizzmoney's picture

Watching youtube via proxies SUCKS.

Germany is really ushering in that fascism again (just minus the whole Occult Jew hate).  You are required by law to password protect your wireless router's connection because people were using it as an excuse in court to get out of copyright infridgement lawsuits (and winning).  Of course, the law isn;t in there to actually protect citizens, just corporate interest - just like how Germans can't buy guns, yet scratch their head when a poker tournament gets held up and the only thing that the security guys can do to protect partons is throw vases at the criminals.



Azannoth's picture

Yes most of the laws here are completely ridiculous(very much like in a Banana Republic) and all of them serve only 1 purpose to maintain control over the population who is increasingly becoming aware of their Gilded Cage and begins to challenge the Status Quo, everything you do here has to be registered, approved, cataloged and signed off on all in under the guise of 'protecting you' ofc the Government always has an exception to any of those rules for it's own usage(and a get out of jail free provision for it's workers breaking those laws)

For Example Germany has 1 of the most strict privacy laws in the world,... except when the government does it, and so the government permits it self to hack your PC with a so called Bundestrojaner completely 'legally' and key log everything you do, this  is the most common and obvious trait of a Dictatorship, have a multitude of laws that criminalize pretty much any 'deviation from the norm' but at  the same time engaging in this same act by the 'Authorities', or preventive criminalizing of behavior that although without any harm to others encourages individuality, personal expression or personal risk taking(heaven forbid you hurt yourself)

Shizzmoney's picture

The ONLY small business growth happening right now is on the internet.

SOPA would effectively nutkick not only the Constitution, the only cost-effective avenue for entrepreneurs left to be your own boss, to be self reliant, and to contribute to society. 

The thing is too, notice that most of the people advocating for SOPA, are being really quiet about it.  The only big advocates are CBS and Sony (their entertainment division - their computer divison is obviously against it because Anonymous will probably hack their ass again).  Especially those spineless politicians like Lamar Smith and Deb Wasserman-Schultz. 

Great quote from @Auerswald on twitter:

"Political action to support entrepreneurship is stymied by a political system living in the past."

fajensen's picture

But - isn't jobs and real business just diverting resources from where they are most needed: The banks. 

g speed's picture

the boycott app will change the world as we know it---the genie is out of the bottle-- think face recognition for any and all public employees and their mission-- think huge cloud data base on political aspirants. This app may end lying as we know it-- fat/stupid TSA goons will not be able to go out side-- all anti freedom pro state SWAT wanna bees will have a "tag" on their forehead-- works both ways but there are billons of us and only a few million of them----

flattrader's picture

Individual TSA goons are the wrong targets.

This is a tool to stick it to corps where it hurts...boycotting their products...denying them their money.

Should someone actually develop a "Boycott" app, I finally will go out and buy a smart phone.

This is brilliant...

 >>>Inadvertently, though, the developers of Boycott SOPA have given us a tantalizing hint of how technology empowers consumers. Imagine for a second if you chopped “SOPA” from the name of the app and simply called it “Boycott.” Imagine if there was an Android app that let you boycott whatever you wanted. If you had a personal beef with Coca-Cola — which has very long tendrils indeed — you could program the app to pick up anything produced by Coca-Cola and its manifold subsidiaries. Likewise, if you want to stick it to publishers or artists that refuse to make their songs available on Spotify, you could tell Boycott to block them.  

You could even take it one step further and make Boycott the one-stop-shop for all of your political needs. Imagine if you could scan a cereal box and find out that the company’s CEO likes to hunt rhinos, ride elephants, and eat shark fin soup — at the same time. Imagine if you could scan a video game box and immediately see all of the active legislation, the Representative sponsors and supporters, and how much money they’ve received from industry lobbying. You could even go as far as equipping the app with facial recognition, so that you can point your phone at a Senator’s face on the TV and quickly find out whether what he’s saying actually jibes with his real world behavior and voting record. This isn’t a futuristic concept; we could do this right now with the tech we have.<<<




DaveyJones's picture

yup. Information and consumption are the only real weapons for the masses.