In case you’re not aware (and many people aren’t), there are 2 bills going thru the works right now that threaten to significantly change the Internet. They are the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The two acts have caused outcry and even widespread shutdowns across the Internet, because the way they’re worded, they’ll most likely censor those who don’t need to be censored, and do so without asking questions first–sort of a guilty before being proven innocent thing. Not good! Wikipedia, Google, and numerous other websites (even the main WordPress “Freshly Pressed” page and popular webcomic The Oatmeal) have shut down today in protest of the acts, saying that censorship isn’t the way to go. And I agree.
Google has a petition on their website that you can sign if you’re against the acts. If you are, I strongly suggest voicing your opinion by signing the petition and spreading the word about it. Heck, share this post if you don’t know what to say yourself.
For more info on SOPA and PIPA, here’s some info:
- SOPA Explained: What it is and why it matters
- How SOPA would affect you: FAQ
- Wikipedia: Stop Online Piracy Act
- Wikipedia: SOPA Initiative
- Follow The Guardian’s SOPA Blackout Day Of Action Live Coverage
- Why SOPA is Dangerous
Edit: SOPA is apparently being re-written right now, while PIPA is in the pipeline.