Internet regulation consistently seeks to limit our access to common, everyday websites like YouTube, Wikipedia, and Google. Without being aware of such legislation, we risk committing copyright violations for simply using digital media in our classrooms.
The only way to prevent such legislation from passing is continual awareness, meaning people must engage in conversation to understand how legal regulation of technology affects our everyday practices. Composition classrooms are a fundamental site for encouraging this discursive action and awareness. Our discipline’s focus advocates literacy, especially public literacies. We must attend to how government encroachment upon access to information, information which permits critical scholarship and supports our curriculum, affects our lives.