FCC: SOPA is terrible (when Russia does it)

FCC chief Julius Genachowski has slammed the Russian government for considering a law that will make it possible to ban websites in the country for violating nebulous, poorly policed "illegal content" rules. Which is basically what SOPA proposed: "The world’s experience with the Internet provides a clear lesson: a free and open Internet promotes economic growth and freedom; restricting the free flow of information is bad for consumers, businesses, and societies." Preach it, brother! (Thanks, Ben!)


  1. Bad idea to try claiming high ground when you’re standing on the edge of a cliff while tapdancing on marbles.

  2. There appears to be a slight implication of hypocrisy in this post, but I’m not sure; did Genachowski voice support for SOPA? I genuinely have no idea. 

  3. QUESTION: So the next time Human Rights Watch comes out with a report that’s critical of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, I’ll assume that you’re going to be saying the same thing, correct; that you think that the report is credible, it’s based on eyewitness accounts?
    MS. NULAND: As –
    QUESTION: And you’re not going to say that it’s politically motivated and should be dismissed?
    MS. NULAND: Matt, as you have made clear again and again in this room, we are not always consistent.


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