SOPA Strike

As a method of protesting SOPA and PIPA a number of websites have decided to go on strike today. Some of these sites are blacking out text, putting up banners, or tweeting others are going dark entirely for a period of time. Sites participating in some capacity include Wikipedia, Reddit, Minecraft, WordPress, and Google. You can see more about why so many oppose it in this technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP.

Thanks in part to advocacy taken so far SOPA has been delayed, but the fight isn’t over yet, and despite some of the modifications being proposed other onerous provisions are still on the table. Hearings are scheduled to resume in February.

The repercussions that these bills will have if passed are extremely serious. The White House has also put up their opinion on these matters, stressing the need to balance between combatting online piracy and the risk of online censorship of lawful activity. The EFF has also released a commentary that takes what the White House has said into account. I’d suggest everyone in the US take a minute to read about these bills (the above links summarize the issues far better than I ever could), and then contact your Congressional Representatives to let them know what you think:

In related news, for those interested in effective activism, InformationDiet is holding a Better Activism Day to help try to bridge the gap between people’s understanding of Congress and how Congress actually works. The more people understand about Congress and how a bill becomes law, the easier it will be for people to get their input in early and stop bills like SOPA and PIPA from even getting as much traction as they have.

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2 Responses to SOPA Strike

  1. Flower Power says:

    Thank you for spreading the word about the potential dangers of SOPA and PIPA. I’ve been spreading awareness about these bills for a long time and only recently are they becoming general knowledge. It’s gratifying to finally see the word going around.

    We should not be complacent and take our freedoms for granted. Please contact your state rep and Congress member and ask them to withdraw support on these bills.

    Here’s another source listing all the sites participating in the blackout:

  2. Hrafn says:

    Thanks for your comment ^_^ I was joking earlier that I was opposed to SOPA “before it was cool,” since I contacted my Congressional Representatives about it shortly after it was first proposed.

    The challenge has been that while certain circles have been abuzz with this, it doesn’t seem to have been spreading outside of those circles (thanks in part to the utter lack of coverage). I am thrilled that groups like Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist–all of which have much broader user bases–have decided to throw their hat in with a very visible display. I am hoping that this “blackout day” will do something to raise awareness and get more people involved.

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