It worked for China, why not the United States?
It worked for China, why not the United States?
It worked for China, why not the United States?

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    This is the question that is before Congress as it
    decides on what to do with the Domain Name Server filtering provisions in the
    Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Public
    Knowledge has advocated from the beginning against this provision because it
    would make the Internet less secure, sacrifice our moral high ground
    internationally, and to top it off it will do nothing to deter Internet
    piracy.  So while many would experience revulsion at the idea of adopting
    any tool that is used in the Great Firewall of China, the proponents of SOPA
    and PIPA have in fact, embraced it.

    In a recent interview with
    , Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and former U.S.
    Senator Chris Dodd said “when
    the Chinese told Google that they had to block sites or they couldn’t do
    [business] in their country, they managed to figure out how to block
      So in other words, since it worked in China, why not
    the United States?  And despite all the opposition from government
    agencies such as the Sandia
    National Labs
    , top experts
    in cyber security
    , think tanks such as the Brookings
     and the CATO
    , former Bush Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Stewart
    , industry associations such as the Messaging
    Anti-Abuse Working Group
    the Anti-Phishing Working Groupseveral
    dozen organizations
     focused on human rights and freedom of the press,
    and more than one million
    , the DNS filtering provision lives on.

    be crystal clear (because it seems we have to repeat this every time), there
    are parts of SOPA and PIPA that have support from PK, such as cutting off
    advertising revenue and financial payments to the worst of the worst criminal
    actors overseas.   But rather than come to a reasonable conclusion,
    proponents of DNS filtering have double down on the tools of censorship by
    arguing that they are in fact not the tools of censorship (despite every
    censorship oriented regime in the world using them) and that they will in fact
    be very effective at solving piracy.  Clearly the arguments of these
    proponents must be based on empirical evidence if they feel so strongly about
    Congress requiring DNS filtering to address Internet piracy.  So I invite
    you to look at the evidence they have presented regarding the effectiveness of
    putting in place DNS filters. 

    In a
    recent study popularized by the MPAA on Capitol Hill titled “PIPA/SOPA: Responding to
    Critics and Finding a Path Forward,”
    rebuttal is issued to the argument that DNS filtering in the United States will
    simply not deter piracy because people will migrate to non-filtered DNS systems
    (which would create a serious cyber security problem).  The report
    responds by saying it would be difficult for people to bypass filters because “users have a poor history of using these types
    of tools in other countries where the government restricts access to certain
     and that only about “3 percent of Internet users” bypass
    filters according to this
    other study
    .  Well clearly
    something with a 97 percent track record is enormously effective and the United
    States should absolutely adopt such a tool!  Right?

    what countries belong to this list of 97 percent effectiveness cited in the
    study supported by DNS filtering supporters?  They are the OpenNet Initiative’s list of 13 countries that engage in substantive
    Internet filtering consisting of China, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Armenia,
    Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma (Myanmar), Syria, Turkmenistan,
    Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.  Quite the club the United States would take one
    step closer to joining by implementing DNS filtering, right?  So if I am
    to understand the argument by the supporters of DNS filtering, it will work
    because it worked well in these 13 countries.  

    will Americans have an open and secure Internet network (these are not mutually
    exclusive) or will Congress adopt the tools of censorship that undermine secure
    Internet communications?  The answer to that question is up to the public
    and their 535 elected officials.  So please call your Representative and
    two Senators
    let them know where you stand on SOPA and PIPA.