Executive Corner

SOPA, PIPA, and CES: First Reactions

by Christian Dawson  • 

I just arrived back in Virginia after three days at International CES in Las Vegas, where I was spreading the word about the dangers of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) on behalf of the Internet industry.

I had the opportunity to speak in front of large audiences about PIPA and SOPA, and I believe that our message resonated. Along with many other key legislative and industry stakeholders, I was able to meet with Senator Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrell Issa — and I got to engage in a lively and spirited debate with a Director from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

I have stories to tell, insights to share, and legislative updates to pass along. I’m in the middle of a few “catch-up” items of business back at the ServInt ranch, but I hope to get everybody a detailed CES report on Monday.  Please check back then, and thanks for your support!

Christian Dawson is the Chief Operating Officer of ServInt.
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  1. This is just terrible....SOPA is the equivalent of curing a headache with a guillotine. It may stop piracy, but it would shut down our economy and unconstitutionally erode our most basic freedoms in the process. I just hope that everyone realizes how important this is and does their part to save the internet & our economy! ...here is another good video that explains the consequences of SOPA pretty well: http://www.peeje.com/peeje-goes-strike-stop-web-censorship-bills-congress-209/ 1,000s of more websites have joined the force and went dark today, we need EVERYONES help!!!!
    Austin Hoffman /
  2. [...] also is an app to change your chatter photo. Techology companies of all sizes, from Google to tiny website owners, are literally branch into grassroots lobbyists. Companies and [...]
    Death to SOPA | newspower.eu /
  3. Chris I cannot tell you how much those comments mean to me! This is exactly who ServInt tries to be. All of our training and hiring efforts are built around caring about our customers and doing right by them, and stitching that into the fibers of our being. It's for those same reasons we've been fighting so hard against PIPA & SOPA.
    Christian Dawson /
  4. [...] also is an app to change your twitter photo. Techology companies of all sizes, from Google to small website owners, are literally turning into grassroots lobbyists. Companies [...]
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  5. [...] also is an app to change your twitter photo. Techology companies of all sizes, from Google to small website owners, are literally turning into grassroots lobbyists. Companies [...]
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  6. [...] also is an app to change your twitter photo. Techology companies of all sizes, from Google to small website owners, are literally turning into grassroots lobbyists. Companies [...]
    Death to SOPA | Money Maker Machine /
  7. I'd just like to express my appreciation to ServInt for walking the walk. This whole PIPA/SOPA thing reminds me of an incident some time ago, when Amazon mistook an affiliate link on my website as a "phishing" link and tried to get my entire site shut down. They contacted my DNS provider, Dyn, who promptly shut off our service without prior notice. This is an example of one of the dangers SOPA poses -- the removal of due process. They also contacted ServInt, but this time ServInt actually forwarded the notice to me, whereupon we worked out that it was a false positive. Amazon took 2 days to return with an apology. Dyn took a whopping 5 days to reinstate my DNS hosting (by then I had already switched to a different provider). ServInt looks after their customers :)
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Christian Dawson

Christian Dawson

Chief Operating Officer, ServInt

Christian Dawson has been with ServInt since 1998 and has helped it grow into one of the most innovative Cloud providers in the world. As ServInt’s COO, he has spearheaded its green initiative, and drives ServInt’s efforts in fighting for consumer privacy and consumer protections. He does so in part as founder and Chairman of an industry trade association called the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition).

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