Internet to Shut Down Wednesday to Protest SOPA and PIPA
Preface: Here’s a crash course to bring you up to speed on the issue.
But a number of the world’s most popular websites – including Wikipedia, Twitpic, Reddit, Imgur, Mozilla and WordPress – are “going dark” on Wednesday January 18th to protest the censorship bills (SOPA and PIPA).
In addition, Google and other web titans will place prominent messages on their front pages urging their readers to oppose the draconian bills.
For example, Google has replaced its normal logo with this image (which links to an anti-SOPA page):
(Some popular porn sites like SpankWire.com are doing the same.)
SopaStrike.com has the following list:
- icanhazcheezburger network sites (FailBlog, theDailyWhat,Know Your Meme, etc)
- The RawStory
- Open Congress / PPF
- Internet Archive
- Universal Subtitles
- Tor Project
- Red 5 studios
- A Softer World
- Greenpeace International
- The LeakyWiki
- Center for Technology and Democracy
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Major League Gaming
- Monticello Capitol
- Crypto Cat
- Colossal Mind
- Errata Security
- Focus On the Facts
- City News
- Strategy Tune
- WPS Security Lock
- Smirking Chimp
- Bread Without Bullets
- iSchool at Syracuse University
- nomacs Image Lounge
- Liberty Confidential
- Victor Rix
- Spurs of The Moment
- Ron Bercume Design
- Jazz Sequence
- Plague Studio
- Elephant Talk Wiki
Not all of SopaStrike’s information has been confirmed, and we know of at least a couple of these which are incorrect. On other other hand, I predict that thousands of sites will go dark tomorrow which aren’t on this list.
It’s easy for webmasters to join in the campaign. As SopaStrike notes:
We are making it possible for you to participate in the protest. There are two options: a “Stop Censorship” ribbon and a full blackout. The blackout portion will be in effect January 18 from 8am to 8pm EST, while the ribbon will be displayed until January 24. Here’s how to join in:
- Go to Settings → Protest SOPA/PIPA in your dashboard.
- Select if you want to join the blackout or show a ribbon.
- If you choose to join the blackout, you can edit the message that will be shown on your site during the blackout.
- Preview what your protest will look like.
- Click “Save Changes” button to activate your protest.
That’s it! Easy-peasy activism right at your fingertips.
The “Stop Censorship” ribbon will display in the upper corner of your site and links to americancensorship.org. It will display until January 24, 2012 (the Senate vote date).
If you choose to do the blackout in addition to the ribbon, then we will black out your site from 8am to 8pm EST along with the official strike. You can customize the message that will appear on your blacked-out site to tell people why this issue is important to you. Your site will return to just displaying the ribbon after the strike is over.
I hope that a significant number of you on WordPress.com will join in this protest. Publishing freedom is a right we must protect.
And one last pitch: whatever you decide to do about your site, please take a few minutes to head over to americancensorship.org and take action. It only takes a few moments of your time to be an agent of change!
BloggerMint created a similar SOPA ribbon for websites hosted by Blogger.com, the other 800-pound giant website platform (hosting at least 50 million sites).