By JP Hicks
Bloggers represent one of the last bastions of independent journalism. Since the Internet presents a level playing field for information, it’s possible for talented bloggers to reach millions of people which only used to be available to large media conglomerates.But the free Internet appears to be under attack on multiple fronts. It seems that these conglomerates don’t like losing their audience to lowly bloggers. And, apparently, they have the government on their side not just because they fund politicians to do their bidding, governments themselves also don’t like it when pesky bloggers expose their dirty deeds.
The result of this corporate-government merger against the free Internet has resulted in endless calls for Internet legislation from Net Neutrality, blogging taxes, cyber security trolling, to various draconian laws to enforce copyrights like SOPA, PIPA, and international attempts like ACTA.