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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Striking against SOPA

I know there's a way to black out the blog and redirect to the Anti-SOPA and Anti-PIPA sites out there, but I'm guilty of not taking the time to do it. But I am writing this in protest of SOPA and PIPA. These bills that are coming in front of the legislators in Washington are just a bad idea. The vaguely written language of these bills opens the door to a host of problems. It is an example of good intent poorly executed. And there's no room for that in legislation. There are some great resources out there that have much better insight into the potentially harmful impact that SOPA and PIPA will have on the internet and the exchange of information online, including this piece from Google, the Blackout page on Wikipedia, and this piece by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing.

I get such a chuckle thinking about the reaction of narcissistic teens who are going to Wikipedia today and finding out that their online shortcut to research is not available today. Hopefully this will give them some insight into the bigness of the issue, and help them to understand that this affects them and that they can take action too.

In the absence of a blackout on this blog, I offer you instead a black cat...
Mr. Bear
Please keep speech on the internet free and open. Do it for the cats...

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.


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