Recently, my Twitter feed may have resembled a political soapbox for anti-SOPA newsfeeds. For the last couple months, I’ve censored the masthead on my blog in protest of SOPA/PIPA, but today, I’m taking that a step further.
I’m blacking out my site.
From now until this ridiculous, malformed and dangerous act is effectively thrown out the door, the front page of my site will not contain my most recent blog posts. Instead, it will display this page. No sidebars. No links. Just information on how dangerous SOPA/PIPA will be to the Internet and our own personal freedoms.
(Don’t worry, all the links into the site will still work, and if you want to still see my blog posts, you can subscribe by RSS.)
I won’t go into the myriad ways that this act fails — it’s been done by many people far better than I could — so I will just link to some of the places I’ve found with the best, most relevant information. I will just say that this act is broken, written and endorsed by people who don’t understand the technology and by those who would profit financially by the enforcement of the act. Last month, I tuned in to a livestream where Congress was discussing the finer details of the bill and, seriously, there are about 3 people in the room who actually have a clue, and the rest are infants playing with a loaded gun. These are not the people you want determining the future of the Internet, and the changes that will be made to the infrastructure as a whole will affect the Internet on a global scale, not just within our borders. It shouldn’t be strange, then, that the leading opponents of SOPA/PIPA are the technology companies and organizations that help shape the internet as a whole.
There’s a new horrible policy going down. This time it’s an international trade agreement that was written behind closed doors. Do us a favor and help shut this down, too.
House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse via Ars Technica.
SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet via The Electronic Frontier Foundation
[Hillary] Clinton Urges Countries Not to Stifle Online Voices via The New York Times
Xmission fights for a free Internet via Xmission company blog
The problem with SOPA (and how to stop it) via CopyBlogger
Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, speaks out against SOPA via Google+
No SOPA browser extension for Chrome lets you know when you are on the site of a SOPA supporter. By Tony Webster
Comcast — Owner Of NBC Universal — Admits That DNS Redirects Are Incompatible With DNSSEC via Techdirt
Help Stop SOPA/PIPA via WordPress.org
Signs of Progress on the Internet Blacklist Bills, but the Fight Continues via The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Six GOP Co-Sponsors of PIPA Ask Reid to Cancel Vote via OpenCongress
DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents via CNET News
Controversial online piracy bill shelved until ‘consensus’ is found via The Hill
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy via The White House Blog
SOPA/PIPA Supporters Pretend White House Statement Means We Can Rush Through SOPA/PIPA via Techdirt
Where Do SOPA and PIPA Stand Now? via Mashable
SOPA is Baaaack! via TorrentFreak
Five reasons the Internet’s still protesting SOPA and PIPA via The Washington Post
Viewpoints: Sites go offline in US piracy laws protest via BBC News
PIPA Co-Sponsor Abandons His Awful Bill via Gizmodo
PIPA and SOPA Co-Sponsors Abandon Bills via Mashable
SOPA blackout: Bills lose three co-sponsors amid protests via The LA Times
It’s Not Over: SOPA’s Chief Sponsor Isn’t Backing Down via Mashable
What I Wish Wikipedia and Others Were Saying About SOPA/PIPA via ReadWriteWeb
SOPA / PIPA Co-Sponsors Drop Like Flies As Millions Protest via TorrentFreak
Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President’s Piracy Stand: “Not Give A Dime Anymore” via Deadline
Thank You, Internet! And the Fight Continues via The Electronic Frontier Foundation
SOPA on OpenCongress
PIPA on OpenCongress