Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.
Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.
This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/
- Weblogs SLFounder & CEO, 2005 - present
Julio Alonso is the founder and CEO of Weblogs SL, the largest Spanish online vertical media company. Founded in 2005, it currently hosts more than 40 publications with a total worldwide monthly audience of over 16,5 million unique users. Weblogs SL also advices and helps execute Social Media strategies for Spain largest blue chip companies.
Before founding Weblogs SL, Julio Alonso was a management consultant for ten years. He founded and was Managing Partner of Intelica Venture Management (now part of Roland Berger), was a Partner at DiamondCluster and a Consultant at Value Partners.
Since 2003 he mantains a personal blog (www.merodeando.com) where he writes about online media, blogs, online advertising, web analytics and the migration to digital of diverse industries. He is co-author of the 2005 book "Blogs: the Internet conversation that is revolutionizing media, businesses and citizens".
He's been on the list of the 25 top internet people in Spain mantained by Spanish newspaper El Mundo for three consecutive years since 2009. He was also featured on the cover of El Pais' weekly magazine on September 2009 in an article covering "Internet Masters in Spain".
He holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and a degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an MBA "Honoris Causa" from Escuela Europea de Negocios.
He's got extensive international experience having lived and worked in eight different European countries plus USA, Brazil and India. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, and some French.