The topic that was dangling at the forefront of most American’s minds at the end of 2011,
and even seeping into the beginning of 2012,
was the fate of the Internet.
The Stop Online Piracy Act, discussed further below,
whipped citizens into a frenzy and led to the largest Internet-based protest to date.
In light of a slightly-reworked, renamed SOPA’s emergence,
it is worth reviewing ten failed attempts by the American government to control the Internet.