Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the technical consequences of SOPA on January 18. Andy Greenberg at Forbes has more.
Liz Gannes at Digits has an interesting piece on Twitter’s photo-sharing numbers, and what happened to the third party services when Twitter offered users built-in image hosting.
In other Twitter news, Daniel Freedman discusses the quickly deteriorating relationship between Twitter and the US government amid calls for shutting down accounts operated by terrorist groups and other developments.
Yesterday there was a great deal of ballyhoo over news that Belarus had passed a law to prevent its citizens from browsing foreign websites. The law is a bit more nuanced than that, but nevertheless concern is warranted. Glyn Moody at TechDirt and Gavin Clarke at The Register give good breakdowns on what we know about the law.
John Dunn at CIO discusses Japan’s development of a new “virus cyberweapon” that can be used to back trace attacks and shut down offending systems.
Brendan Sasso at The Hill reports that the ACLU is suing a Missouri public library after it blocked websites related to Wicca.
Want to know where your representatives in Congress stand on PIPA and SOPA? Check out SOPA Track – you can see whether your lawmakers are actively supporting or opposing the legislation, and how much money they’ve raised from groups in favor of and opposed to the legislation.