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January 18, #SOPA Takes the Stage Again

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has announced a hearing on January 18 for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss the security implications of the Stop Online Piracy Act.  Chariman Issa has said the focus of the hearing is to “examine the potential impact of Domain Name Service (DNS) and search engine blocking on American cyber-security, jobs and the Internet community.”  From the post on the Committee’s website:

“An open Internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life,” said Issa. “The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the Internet today.”

Witnesses include:

Mr. Stewart Baker: Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Mr. Brad Burnham: Partner, Union Square Ventures

Mr. Daniel Kaminsky: Security Researcher and Fortune 500 Advisor

Mr. Michael Macleod-Ball: Chief of Staff/First Amendment Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Mr. Lanham Napier: Chief Executive Officer, Rackspace Hosting

Dr. Leonard Napolitano: Director, Center for Computer Sciences & Information Technology Sandia National Laboratories

Mr. Alexis Ohanian: Co-Founder,, and Web Entrepreneur