Friday, January 20, 2012

Join Our Censorship Protest..!

Have you been paying attention to all the hubbub online about the proposed U.S. legislation (SOPA/PIPA) that threatens internet freedom? I wrote about it yesterday, but the gist is this: there's a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies.

On January 18, 2012, sites all over the internet will be blacking out to protest and try to mobilize more people to speak out against this bill coming up inthe Senate next week -- S. 968: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) -- in an attempt to let U.S. lawmakers know how much opposition there is., Wikipedia, and even VIP I Can Has Cheezburger? Had already participated in the blackout to raise awareness and spur you to action.
Here on Hackersgrp, we want to participate as well.

Freshly Pressed will be blacked out during the strike. Sorry to take away your daily fix of yummy web content, but this bill threatens to do that on a much wider scale. You don't want that, do you?

More importantly, we are making it possible for you to participate in the protest. There are two options: a "Stop Censorship" Image on your wall and a full blackout. The blackout portion will be in effect January 20 from 9am to 8pm, while the IMAGE shall be displayed until January 24.

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