On January 24, 2012 Congress is planning to pass internet censorship – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – even though the majority of Americans are opposed to these bills. We need to kill the bills to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.
Internet Black-out January 18, 2012
Websites are going black on January 18th to save the internet as we know it. Even Wikipedia, in its first-ever public protest of its kind, is taking a bold stand by blacking out their site for 24 hours. Join us and others by writing your senator and telling them you oppose PIPA and SOPA – How To Strike. If you have a site, we encourage you to join the strike.
Here’s the official word from Wikipedia on SOPA and PIPA:
Over the course of the past 72 hours, over 1800 Wikipedians have joined together to discuss proposed actions that the community might wish to take against SOPA and PIPA. This is by far the largest level of participation in a community discussion ever seen on Wikipedia, which illustrates the level of concern that Wikipedians feel about this proposed legislation. The overwhelming majority of participants support community action to encourage greater public action in response to these two bills. Of the proposals considered by Wikipedians, those that would result in a “blackout” of the English Wikipedia, in concert with similar blackouts on other websites opposed to SOPA and PIPA, received the strongest support.
On careful review of this discussion, the closing administrators note the broad-based support for action from Wikipedians around the world, not just from within the United States. The primary objection to a global blackout came from those who preferred that the blackout be limited to readers from the United States, with the rest of the world seeing a simple banner notice instead. We also noted that roughly 55% of those supporting a blackout preferred that it be a global one, with many pointing to concerns about similar legislation in other nations.
Join the strike
Will you take the pledge to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity by joining the strike? Whether you have a website or not, join us by writing your senator and telling them you oppose PIPA and SOPA. Share your feelings on twitter using the hashtags #SOPA, #PIPA, and #SOPASTRIKE. Don’t be silent today.